An oil on canvas, beautifully-sketchy, spontaneous painting of a small beached boat at the ocean, as-is condition, 8" by 14" (11 1/2" by 17 1/2" in attractive probably original circa 1920 frame), signed at lower right by the noted California painter ANGEL ESPOY (1879-1963). Espoy is best known for his California landscapes of fields filled with poppies and other wildflowers; it is little known that the Spanish-born artist early in his life studied in Barcelona with the great, important impressionist Joaquin Sorolla. This rare-subject painting clearly shows the influence of that association, both in subject matter and in the way the light is captured. Espoy traveled to the Philippines and Cuba when young, and was in New York by 1904. Ten years later, he was in San Francisco, painting with his art friends Manuel Valencia, Carl Jonnevold, and John Califano; and a few years after that, settled in Los Angeles where he remained the rest of his life. Many of Espoy's pretty impressionist works are auctioned. The present painting was found in Maine in damaged condition. It needs to be relined, as there is a 10" horizontal rip in the thin canvas extending nearly across the sand at bottom, and the irregularly-shaped rip curls around and through the signature.
ANGEL ESPOY (1879-1963) rare California plein air art impressionist painting of beached boat on the sand