This is an American painting from the first half of the 20th century, the subject gulls in flight. The unsigned oil on canvas measures 24" by 36", plus 2 1/2" of interesting Deco style weathered black painted wood frame on a side. I purchased this in Miami a few years back, thinking the work bore considerable resemblance to the Florida-period works of JANE PETERSON (1876-1965), a major American artist who painted in South Florida for some time. Her works of that time are distinctive for this kind of style and sort of black outlining. I'm unable to prove this is a Jane Peterson, unfortunately, as it would command a considerably higher price. But if you study her works, you will see why I believe there's a chance it could be possible. It probably dates to the 1940's judging from the style and materials. The artist could possibly be Stark Davis (1885-1950) as well; or, it could be someone else. One thing for sure is that the work itself is solid and striking. CONDITION: This needs restoration work. There is moderate scattered paint loss in the wings of both birds and tail at right, and unstable paint areas in the field at right, with some flaking there. Ask for more photos of those areas. SEE HUNDREDS OF OTHER WORKS NOW IN MY RUBY LANE SHOP.
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