Colorful Folk Art Painting
of a Village about an Inlet.
Eastern US, ca. mid 19th century. Oil on canvas. A scarce painting of coastal life about a little inlet, clearly showing pride and happiness of the artist. The idealized representation is often what set folk paintings apart from more academic works, as the folk artist was painting what he felt as much as what he saw. The painting is a standout given its appealing strong colors, and vignettes of tranquil boat life about the water. Previous owner had the painting cleaned and lined, in beautiful condition with only very minor non-image touchup. Fine gilt frame of about 30 inches wide x 23 tall. Important Provenance includes: Gift from the Estate of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch to the Art Institute of Chicago, 1980; private Southern collection.