1940s Painting of Boxer titled "The Catcher" | WPA Era
Here we have a stunning WPA era painting of a boxer shaded in red, waiting for the battle of a lifetime. I'll cut straight to the chase. The execution by the hand of the Detroit artist, Janice Craig, is a full on situation. The color coordination absolutely pops with movement and the perfect WPA edge. Given the Depression Era style and vibe, you can't help but think that blood is in the air. And that face. His eyes will haunt you for days.
The boxing artwork was likely created in the 1940s. On the reverse there is an Exhibition Tag from the Annual Exhibition for Michigan Artist by the Detroit institute of Arts. The painting is titled "The Catcher."
The framed oil on canvas measures 31" tall by 21" wide. There is a canvas patch that looks original to the piece. The paint is so thick on the canvas that the painting tends to bow outward. None of it can hold down the power of the artwork.Please see pics as they are part of the description.
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Virtuoso execution. You know it when you see it. It hits you like a surprise left hook.