This is a stunning and textural oil on canvas palette knife painting by Chicago WPA (Works Progress Administration) artist George Hruska, dated 1925 and signed by the artist. It depicts a dusk or twilight hour seascape, featuring two sailboat fishing boats coming into shore at what seems to be a Dutch village or island. The painting is mainly composed of deep midnight blues and velveteen burgundies. The sky is subtly textured with puffy grey clouds, heavy with moisture and reflecting silver-white over the sea. The waters are still, and the people in the painting appear at ease in their regular work day routine. The classic silhouette of an old wooden windmill rises behind the people and the home on the shore, adding angles and movement to the middleground of the piece.
This painting is in excellent vintage condition with wear consistent with age. There is mild craquelure throughout the canvas. There is a possible signature at the bottom right corner, though most of it is illegible. The piece is signed, dated, and inscribed "palette knife painting" on the verso.
It measures 36 inches tall and 40 inches wide with frame.
1920s Oil on Canvas Palette Knife Painting of Dutch Fishing Village Scene by Chicago WPA Artist George Hruska