WPA Era Painting of Street Market Scene | 1940s Regionalist Style
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Here we have a stunning WPA Era painting of a man strolling down a cobblestone street in the midst of a southern market. When taking it all in, there's something that hits you from every square inch. From the regionalism of the figures to bending feeling of the landscape, the style is about as "WPA" as you can get. And the flurry of thick paint colors make it a sight to behold. Blue skies, everybody. It will be the center of attention whether you like it or not. Expand the pics to fill your screen. It still will not do it justice. What a great piece of American art history.
The WPA artwork is signed Irene Mactavish in the lower righthand corner. The artist lived in Minneapolis during the 30s and 40s, right in the art of the WPA era. On the reverse there are a few other signatures, as well as a couple intelligible words in pencil. The Southwest influenced painting came out of a collector's estate in western Wisconsin. Based on the Anco Inc stamp on the reverse, I believe the painting was created in the late 30's or early 40s.
The framed painting measures 26" tall x 20" wide x 1 1/2" deep. There is a small section of loss in the church in the upper center section of the painting (see pic). There is light patina and craquelure throughout the artwork. Please see all pics as they are part of the description.
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The pictures don't do it justice. The artwork pops from whatever distance. True WPA style.