HUGE antique FOLK ART oil painting OWLS on PIN BRANCH Chicago
No one is more surprised I am selling this compelling painting than I. Stylistically, it's folk art with a dab of itinerant naiveté, and its subtle wittiness fulfills my primary requirement when it comes to works in that realm: A painting absolutely must make me smile, or at least cheer me up.
Just after I bought the painting, a friend came up to me and said, “I thought you told me you were looking for things for people who love modernism and Mid-Century and big clean spaces such as lofts in New York. Those owls won't work.”
A couple weeks later, I showed him the following image, and said
“I beg to differ. This terrific old painting will feel at home almost anywhere.”
Seriously – It would is a great painting for a lodge in Maine or Montana. In a different frame, anyone interested in the Arts & Crafts Movement would fall in love with it. Country, traditional, Mid-Century: It’ll work.
I’ve even been tempted to put it in the old truck and spend a week or so visiting every “Hooters” in the tri-state area. I may not have sold it, but it would have been an interesting trip, and after all, they DO bill themselves as “"delightfully tacky yet unrefined."
I don’t know about you, but I need a break. I’ll be right back with a lot more pictures, but while I’m gone, here is the “us,” from whom you’re buying.
Sammy the Cat, Huckleberry the Wonder Pup, and me
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the judas cradle
italian drawing. late 1600's.