ROBERT WOOD (1889-1979). Mount Ranier, 1940s. Oil on canvas. 25in. x 30in.. Signed lower right. This painting will tak...
Mount Ranier, 1940s
Oil on canvas
25in. x 30in.
Signed lower right
This painting will take your breath away. Overlapping massive rock forms take up the entire middle of the picture plane, the closest bathed in warm colors of the sun, the massive rock on the right turns a deep purple-blue from the atmospheric effects of the fading sun, and the mountain itself is cloaked in yellows and oranges from the sun's last direct rays. The rock ledge on the left provides a dramatic perspective from which the viewer sees the scene, and it acts to provide depth to the composition. The lone oak stands as a sentinal and provides balance to the painting.
The painting is framed in an equally impressive hand-carved, gold-leaf period frame.
Condition Report*:Excellent condition. Period frame in excellent condition.
Wood, Robert William:Robert William Wood is one of the most popular and reproduced American artists of the Twentieth Century. Born in England, Wood immigrated to the United States at the age of 19 where he soon became an itinerant painter, making his living doing casual work and selling or bartering his small paintings as he traveled throughout rural America. He settled for a time in San Antonio, Texas, concentrating on the Texas landscape as his primary subject matter, creating scenes that featured the beauty of the hill country around San Antonio and Austin. Wood soon developed a national reputation as a painter, especially after moving to Laguna Beach, California. In yet another move, to Woodstock, New York, Wood produced landscapes inspired by the passage of the seasons on the forests near his studio. A publishing agreement led to inexpensive reproductions of his work being made available to the public. October Morn and his other popular works quickly made him one of the most well-known painters in the U.S. His original paintings are still highly sought after by collectors, especially in Texas and California.
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