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Folky Young Man Portrait
New England, ca. 1820-1840. Oil on canvas. A most handsome young man (that FACE!) with characteristics that we folk art collectors love. Portraits can be so naive that there is little artistic skill, or so academic that they require an equally academic, formal setting. Yet this portrait falls on the "sweet-spot" of that naive-to-academic continuum. His face is mostly without shadow leading to stylized-combed hair presenting like waves. His black coat and white shirt/collar, and simple background combined with his confident gaze give this painting a clean and uncomplicated aesthetic. It has survived in sensational condition. About 26 inches tall x 24 wide. Gilded frame-liner appears original. He's terrific.
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