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Lot 136

Large Gerrit V. Sinclair Regionalist Oil Painting, Youth of the Town

Estimate: $3,800 - $4,200

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Gerrit Van Sinclair (American/Wisconsin, 1890-1955), "The Youth of the Town," oil on board street scene painting depicting four teenagers in a convertible, joyriding down a street in a sedate neighborhood. Signed lower right and dated 1933. Titled en verso and numbered 257. Dark mahogany tone frame with gilt accents at the molded edges. Sight - 31" H x 39" W. Frame - 41" H x 49" W. Biographical note: "Gerrit Sinclair was one of Wisconsin's premier chroniclers of middle-class America during the first half of the 20th century. Sinclair's paintings express mood and narrative. Often idyllic, his stylized paintings capture a slower and more relaxed time and place that perhaps existed more as a state of mind than a condition of reality. Sinclair arrived in Wisconsin in 1920 when he joined the art faculty of the Layton School of Art (Milwaukee). He continued to actively create and exhibit his work until around the end of World War II. His work includes images of daily life as it unfolded in the environment of close-knit city neighborhoods, small town and rural Wisconsin." (Source: Gerrit V. Sinclair 1880-1955: A Retrospect. Museum of Wisconsin Art [formerly the West Bend Art Museum], 2002.)


PROVENANCE: Private Middle Tennessee collection, ex-Williams Galleries, Nashville. 


Overall very good condition. Small area of possible retouch to head of the boy in blue and to the telephone pole. Some minor abrasions to frame. 

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Private Middle Tennessee collection, ex-Williams Galleries, Nashville.