RALPH FASANELLA (1914-1997) hand signed color print by important American folk artistRALPH FASANELLA (1914-1997) hand signed color print by important American folk artistRALPH FASANELLA (1914-1997) hand signed color print by important American folk artistRALPH FASANELLA (1914-1997) hand signed color print by important American folk artistRALPH FASANELLA (1914-1997) hand signed color print by important American folk artistRALPH FASANELLA (1914-1997) hand signed color print by important American folk artistRALPH FASANELLA (1914-1997) hand signed color print by important American folk artistRALPH FASANELLA (1914-1997) hand signed color print by important American folk artistRALPH FASANELLA (1914-1997) hand signed color print by important American folk artistRALPH FASANELLA (1914-1997) hand signed color print by important American folk artistRALPH FASANELLA (1914-1997) hand signed color print by important American folk artistRALPH FASANELLA (1914-1997) hand signed color print by important American folk artistRALPH FASANELLA (1914-1997) hand signed color print by important American folk artistRALPH FASANELLA (1914-1997) hand signed color print by important American folk artistRALPH FASANELLA (1914-1997) hand signed color print by important American folk artistRALPH FASANELLA (1914-1997) hand signed color print by important American folk artist

A color print hand signed and dated 1993 in marker in the lower right margin by the noted self-taught American folk art painter RALPH FASANELLA (1914-1997), after his important painting of 1957, "The City". Fasanella is considered to be one of the most important American folk art painters to have emerged since Grandma Moses, one of his paintings having hammered for $320,000 at a Sotheby's Americana auction in 2004. Born in the Bronx to a working class immigrant family, Fasanella watched his father delivering ice to customers in a horse-drawn wagon. His keen observations of urban life, his anti-fascist mother's views, and concern with social justice, unions, and the plight of the working class all accumulated, and by 1940 he was feeling the urge to create art. The ACA Gallery in New York held an exhibition of his works in 1947, but it was not until many years later, in 1972, that he was discovered by a New York art dealer, who managed to have Fasanella featured in a major New Yorker magazine article. The American Folk Art Museum held a retrospective of his works in 2014. See the full fascinating Wikipedia biography. CONDITION: the work has traveled without glass so has accumulated a number of small cuts and digs, some of which I have tried to photograph. Many are simply lost in the plethora of detail but they are present. Also, it appears that the creators of this print actually created it by photographing another print which already had some scrapes; the white area at upper left upon examination with a magnifier is apparently not itself a scrape; it's a photographed scrape. If you admire the artists's works, this print provides a viable tie directly to the artist. Measurements as framed 12 3/4" by 26".

Item ID: JB05578

RALPH FASANELLA (1914-1997) hand signed color print by important American folk artist

$135


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