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Lot 516

2 Charles Griffin Farr Works on Paper, inc. Hand Painted Woodblock

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Two (2) Charles Griffin Farr (California/Tennessee/Alabama, 1908-1997) prints. 1st item: Chromolithograph on paper still life depicting peaches on a beach blanket under a cloudy blue sky. Unsigned. Housed and double matted in a giltwood frame under glass. Sheet: 16" H x 23 3/4" W. Framed: 26 3/4" H x 34 1/2" W. 2nd item: Mixed media oil and watercolor woodcut print with hand-painted details on paper titled "Twig From a Pear Tree" depicting a hand holding a small branch with foliage rendered in bright segments of color. Signed in block "C.G.F." lower right, and inscribed in pencil "Charles Griffin Farr 'semi' print oil on paper # 1 of 4". Housed and double matted in a giltwood frame under glass. Sheet: 19" H x 14" W. Framed: 30 5/8" H x 25 1/4" W. Biography: Charles Griffin Farr was a painter in the American Realist tradition. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and studied in New York City and at the Academie Americaine in Paris, France. He spent a significant part of his youth in Knoxville, TN. A graduate of Central High School, Farr returned to Knoxville in 1928 after his time in New York and abroad exhibiting works in the Melrose Art Center, which had notably featured works by other Knoxville artists including Charles Krutch and Lloyd Branson in the late 1920's. A young artist in the late 1930s, Farr took part in the Works Progress Administration programs (WPA) and trained as a restorer of ancient pottery at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Farr also taught at the San Francisco Art Institute for nearly a decade and remained there until his death. Though he spent the majority of his career on the West Coast, Farr often returned to Knoxville to paint the familiar area. Many of these works remain housed in the Knoxville Museum of Art's permanent collection. Farr received the Award in Painting from the American Academy and Institute of Arts & Letters, New York, NY in 1987. (adapted from, Askart, the Knoxville History Project and Knoxville Museum of Art).

The Collection of Thomas Davis, Knoxville, Tennessee, executor for the estate of his uncle, artist Charles Griffin Farr.


1st item: Examined outside of frame, minor foxing spots to top left corner and some toning and foxing spots on the reverse side, hinge-mounted. 2nd item: Overall excellent condition.

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