This is a realistic depiction of shucked corn on the cob, oil on canvas laid on board, the painting measuring 6" by 10" (9 3/4" by 13 3/4" in pleasing old gold frame). I absolutely see no signature despite having looked very carefully, but the work is very likely by the artist ALFRED MONTGOMERY (1857-1922). Montgomery was born in Illinois and worked on farms after having been orphaned. He did manage to travel to Europe for art training, and by the 1880's was the first teacher of drawing in the Topeka, Kansas public schools. Montgomery came to be known as the "Corn Artist" or the "Farm Artist". He seemed to specialize in painting the mundane corn cob, and excelled at it. It was said that pigeons could be fooled by the realism. In 1906 Montgomery moved to Los Angeles. Shortly thereafter he seems to have moved again, this time to Tulsa, Oklahoma. Then he returned to California, passing away there in his mid sixties. The auction record shows mostly paintings of corn on the cob, with several having achieved more than $10,000 at auction. This work is in excellent condition. It came from a high quality estate sale at which I also acquired paintings by John Francis Murphy and E. A. Burbank.
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