A wonderful impressionist southern jazz music painting of two men with a banjo and clarinet, & a steamboat in the background by American artist Albert Pels (1910-1988). Pels was born in Cincinnati, attended the Cincinnati Art Academy in 1931 where he won several scholarships. After moving to New York, he continued his education at the Art Students League, Beaux Arts and the American School. At the Art Students League, Pels studied under Thomas Hart Benton, Kenneth Hayes Miller, and Alexander Brook. Under the tutelage of these mentors, Pels evolved his technique and style. He became known for his urban and rural genre paintings, and as a figure painter. Oil on canvas, signed lower left, and housed in an ebonized wooden frame, mounted on a painted wood surround. Dimensions: 24” h x 30” w, actual; 31 ¾” h x 37 ¾” w, framed.
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