A small yet masterful early autumn landscape work, not quite a miniature at 5" by 7" (8 1/2" by 10 1/4" nicely framed, with placard), signed at lower left by well-known American landscape painter JOHN FRANCIS MURPHY (1853-1921). The oil on canvas is painted in an impressionist manner typical of the artist. Murphy was born in upstate New York and was in Chicago early in life. Largely self-taught, he came to be well known, even in his lifetime, for his poetic, atmospheric and Tonalist landscape paintings, some of which have attained $40,000 at auction. Murphy was widely exhibited at prestigious venues such as the Art Institute of Chicago, Pennsylvania Academy, Corcoran Gallery, Brooklyn Art Association, Boston Art Club, National Academy of Design, and Salmagundi Club. This painting, which was sold through the Butterfield & Butterfield auction house in San Francisco on June 25, 1998 (hammer price then $2,000) has apparently since acquired a very small area of disturbed paint 1/2" in length in the area above the yellow tree at left (see close-up----looks enormous in photo but is actually a half inch total length). This can be easily repaired. The frame is quite attractive and has age (and some authentic wear). The inner liner is soiled/stained and should be replaced. This painting/frame has been fitted with a makeshift wooden stand protruding at an angle from the bottom of the frame, so that the work can be set on a table top for display, without other support. This could of course be removed easily should the new owner wish to hang this on the wall.
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