Here we have a large WPA era painting on paper of an ominous courtyard scene. One look at the massive hook lamp, and you something's coming for you. The darkening skies and the lone skeleton tree makes for an eventful time in Dracula's courtyard. I'm dying to know where they set up the easel for this little gem. Hopefully they made it out of there alive. I've never seen anything like it. And given the vintage professional framing, someone was prominently displaying this macabre artwork on a half lit wall.
Now here's the kicker. The sticker on the back states "D.E. Whitney, Brainerd, MN." Daniel Estey Whitney operated an art shop and funeral home in Brainerd from for many years, starting in 1914. Of course he did...check that painting again.
The 1930s artwork comes out of a Twin Cities estate of a collector who was all over the Minnesota WPA era art. The painting is signed "B. Old" in the lower right corner. The artist is still a mystery to me. Given that it was framed in Brainard MN back in the day, the mystery may lie in that region. I'm open to any ideas.
The framed painting measures 34 1/2" tall by 27 1/2" wide. The exposed painting measures 24 1/2" tall by 18" wide. The framing is very solid and professional. There are a few minor nicks to the framing but nothing major. The actual painting looks to be in great shape as well. Please see all pics as they are part of the description.
NOTE: The painting is only available for local purchase only. If you want to pay for the domestic shipping cost, I'm open to ship it. Just reach out and I can do an estimate for you.
That is a serious street lamp. I mean, come on!