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Karl Anderson (American, 1874-1956) Desertion from Agriculture /A Triptych

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Date / Time :
November 10, 2016 10:00AM


Karl Anderson (American, 1874-1956)

Desertion from Agriculture
/A Triptych. Unsigned, certified in an inscription from James L. Anderson, the artist's son, on the reverse, identified on an exhibition label from Grand Central Art Galleries, Inc., New York, affixed to the frame backing paper. Gouache on paper/board, overall sight size 23 x 30 in., framed. Condition: Not examined out of frame.

Provenance: The estate of Frederick C. Frieseke.

Exhibitions: Karl Anderson of Westport: American Impressionist, Westport-Weston Arts Council, June 29-July 22, 1984, Westport, Connecticut.

N.B. The work at hand is a study for the WPA-era mural by Karl Anderson for the Bedford, Ohio, Post Office, c. 1937. The mural depicts the migration of American farmers to the factories during the Industrial Revolution. The artist is known to have completed two post office murals, the second one located at the Westville Station, New Haven, Connecticut (1939) presents a scene of local history. Karl Anderson was the brother of the novelist and short story writer Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941).
Property of a New England collector.
Estimate $700-900

There are subtle rubs to the surface and some soft creases with minor resulting loss. Most of these are in the upper half of the work. there are some scatered fox marks visible too. It is possible that there are some areas of retouch.

Although it has not been removed from its frame there are no other visible issues to report.

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James L. Anderson, Sherwood Anderson, Frederick C. Frieseke, Anderson, Karl Anderson, Surname, Westport