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Lot 518

Charles Griffin Farr O/B Landscape, Possibly East TN

Estimate: $600 - $700

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Charles Griffin Farr (California/Tennessee/Alabama, 1908-1997) oil on board rural landscape painting depicting rolling hills with barns and farm houses along a road, under a blue sky. Unsigned. Housed in a contemporary metallic frame. Sight: 11 1/4" H x 17 1/4" W. Framed: 13" H x 19 1/4" W. Note: The consigner relayed memories of his uncle, Charles Griffin Farr, visiting East Tennessee and paintings scenes like this one in rural areas of town. 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.


Overall good condition with surface grime and one area of errant material in upper left corner. Some scattered flaking and surface scratches. Frame in overall good condition with light wear.