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CA. 1870 Still Life by Henry Church
A previously undiscovered still life by celebrated Ohio folk artist Henry Church jr. Not only are his paintings part of the permanent collections of a number of museums, among them the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller at Colonial Williamsburg and the Springfield Museum of Art, but most recently were featured in exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Keny Gallery in Ohio. Church is listed in almost a dozen major art references including American Folk Painters of Three Centuries, American Folk Paintings and American Folk Paintings and Drawings. This canvas is almost certainly one of his earliest works, pre-dating the iconic “Monkey” painting now at the Abby Aldrich. Over the last year examinations by museum curators, fine art restorers familiar with his work, as well as the leading authority on Henry Church, Jane Babinsky, have conclusively authenticated this painting to Church’s hand. This documentation will accompany the canvas. 24” x 39”. Condition: Excellent. Unlined, on the original artist-made stretchers. A 1” x 1” patch with associated retouch at the extreme lower left corner. $5,500