An evocative oil on canvas painting of a beach scene rendered in a loose impressionistic style by Frank C Herbst ( 1890 - 1966 ). The image is of a crowd of people surf casting for whatever is running that day. I love the way Herbst has used the tide line of debris left on the beach as a major element in the composition. It reminds me of almost any New England beach when it’s warm enough for shorts and the bluefish are running.
Herbst was born in Newark, NJ in 1890. He studied at the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art, and received his BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. Despite spending most of his years in NJ, Herbst traveled widely, including Africa, Egypt, and the American West. He drew on these locations for subject matter, particularly the western USA, and become a well known illustrator - in fact, one of his paintings is in the Anschutz collection of Western Art in America. He has exhibited in museums throughout the US, including the Brooklyn Museum, and the American National Museum of Art, and is noted in the book ’New Hope for American Art’ by Jim Alderman as one of the ’Pennsylvania Impressionists’ who worked in and around New Hope, PA in the early and mid 20th C.
CONDITION is good. Painted in thick impasto in places, there is some heavy craqueleur. Please look at the pictures, particularly the second and third to last photographs taken in raking light. The frame is a classic Mid Century frame with a white filet (looks a little like driftwood) and has a few nicks here and there. Measures 22 ⅝” x 18 ⅝” overall, with a sight size of 19 ½” x 15 ½” - Weighs 3 lbs. 1.5 oz.
This image takes me back to every summer of my youth. You can almost smell the sea and hear the roar of the surf. An expressive American Impressionist painting by a noted American master.
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