A rich city scape by Pennsylvania artist Farris Woolston is shown in warm earth tones. The juxtaposition of large flat planes of color lead the eye into the narrative created by the windows and fire escape, ending at the top just outside the sill of a tiny glowing garrett window. Solidly in the tradition of the Ashcan School, the subject is loosely rendered with areas of thicker impasto. Intriguing.
Farris Burdine Woolston (1915 - 1994) was a Philadelphia native and a regional painter of renown. Her work is in the collection of the Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia which purchased her work and published a collection of images of her paintings entitled 'Paintings by Farris Woolston' in 1967.
CONDITION is great, the colors are lovely and rich. The frame is a gold, wooden plein air frame with a paper dust cover which bears a spot where a label used to be - likely from a gallery or exhibition. Signed lower left. Measures 29 3/4" x 18" overall, with a sight size of 23 3/8" x 11 3/8". Weighs 7 lbs. 3 oz.
When I look at this painting I imagine entering through the little blue framed door at the bottom and finding my way all the way up to that glowing window at the top - but that's me. Hang it somewhere where you have time to day-dream a little. Enjoy!