A pleasant impressionist watercolor painting of a marsh or slough, possibly Cape Ann, Massachusetts area, signed at lower right by Oregon-associated artist ALFRED HERMANN SCHROFF (1863-1939). The watercolor is on paper which was long ago laid to a board. The work measures 10 1/4" by 15 1/2" inside the mat and 14 1/4" by 19 1/2" as framed. Schroff was born in Springfield, MA during the Civil War years. He was active in the Boston art scene, then by 1915 moved to Eugene, Oregon to take a job as a professor at the University of Oregon. During the 1920's and 1930's he had a home in Carmel, California. Online information suggests that he had a nervous breakdown in 1929 and painted little after that. Schroff was also a talented etcher. Some works painted in France are known. This example exhibits even paper oxidation within the mat window area. There is no title on the reverse side. The scene is suggestive of the marshes in northeastern Massachusetts, where Martin Johnson Heade painted his famous haystack works, but, this could be a scene from any number of places.
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