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Sensational Vibrant Folk Art Portrait of a Child Holding Her Doll
Likely New England, ca. 1830-1840. Unknown artist. Pastel on wove paper. The little girl, her hair in curls, is portrayed against dense foliage with background hill. The artist showed the affection of the little girl towards her doll, as she cradles it in her arms, while her red-purse with bird embroidery hangs from her shoulder. This portrait is about COLOR, with a seldom-found saturated and broad color palette highlighted by the blue dress that stands out from the dark greens and blues of the surround. Exceptional condition. Period gilt frame. Frame size about 18 inches x 15. From a private collection where it has been cherished for years.
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