An expressive modern oil painting on canvas titled “Orchids in my Studio” by American Social Realism painter Philip Evergood. Signed mid left bottom by the artist with the roman numeral “LXII” on the bottom right, possibly referring to the date created (1962). Original gallery tags on verso from Gallery 63 Inc., New York. As a civil rights advocate, Evergood’s famous paintings showcase working-class people in a composition that is full of movement and energy. Although this floral still life is a departure from the artist’s figurative work, such as his famed painting “Sunny Side of the Street”, the same spontaneous bold lines and vibrating brushstrokes can be found when viewing his depiction of orchids. Evergood's influences include El Greco, Bosch, Brueghel, Goya, Daumier, Toulouse-Lautrec, Sloan's Ashcan paintings, and even prehistoric cave art. A rare opportunity to own an original painting by one of the founders of the American Social Realism movement as many of his paintings are in museums collections, not private. Provenance: From an estate outside of Detroit, MI. Inherited painting from family, who were the original owners, and purchased it directly from Gallery 63 Inc., New York. Dimensions: 35.5”h x 31.5”w x 1.75”d (framed). In very good vintage condition.
Philip Evergood (1901-1973) was an American artist and was particularly active during the Depression and World War II era. During the Great Depression, the artist worked for the WPA, creating murals in both Queens, NY, and Jackson, GA. In the 1950s Evergood departed from his established ""Social Realism"" style and concentrated on symbolism, both biblical and mythological. A characteristic work of this period in Evergood's life is “The New Lazarus”, painted in 1954 and presently housed in the Whitney Museum of American Art. Today, his works are included in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Extremely important works of particular renown by this artist can reasonably be expected to break into the six figure range (USD) and are infrequently seen on the open market due to heavy museum consumption of important Evergood works from the 1950s through the 1980s.
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