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 some 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. It probably dates to the late 1930's or 1940's, judging from the style and materials. The style is also reminiscent of that of artist Stark Davis (1885-1950)l; or, it could be someone else. CONDITION: This painting will definitely need 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.
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