Oil on canvas laid on Masonite, 20" by 16" (27" by 23" nicely framed in gold California style frame by Summit Frames of San Diego), unsigned, attributed to the famed American sculptor and artist, JOHN GUTZON BORGLUM (1867-1941). The painting features a large tree such as would be found in a California redwood or sequoia forest. The attribution comes in the form of some cryptic notes on paperwork affixed to the reverse side, and a placard placed on the front side. There is a post-zip code (after 1963) business card of one Anthony J. Krechel of La Canada, California, according to internet research, for many years a well known antiquarian, dealer in a wide range of art and antiques, (and a numismatist---rare coins). His name appears in a provenance chain of a Native American basket sold at Sotheby's in 2015. Ink writing near the business card evidently in his handwriting reads "The Redwoods (California) Attributed to Gutzon Borglum see letters my file A.J. Krechel". Attempts to reach this individual or surviving relatives have not been successful, so, the all-important evidence tying this work to Borglum may be misplaced forever. The work is lovely and very impressionistic. Painting surface is clean, stable, though boasts little varnish. The painted surface in some areas exhibits horizontal parallel lines which in my experience can possibly indicate that the canvas might have been rolled at some time in the past. Borglum was born in Idaho Territory but was in Los Angeles as early as 1885, and painted in the Pasadena area in the 1890's, before moving east and eventually becoming known of course for the Mount Rushmore Memorial in South Dakota. He is best known as a sculptor, those works bringing very high sums at auction. His paintings are quite scarce (see a signed Borglum seascape in my shop, however).
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