Summer of 1976 - Door County Portrait of David Barnett, 1976
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8 x 10 in
This small portrait of gallerist David Barnett is an intimate example of the watercolors of Estherly Allen. She was a student of George McNeil, an important Abstract Expressionist, and his influence is visible in Allen's handing of the watercolor medium. In the image, the gestural swaths of color add a sense of spontaneity to the portrait, capturing the saturation of light during the height of the summer day. 8 x 10 inches, artwork 14.5 x 16 inches, frame Signed 'Estherly' in pencil, lower right Inscribed "Summer '76 Birthday '77" in pencil, lower center Framed to conservation standards using archival materials including 100 percent rag matting. Housed in a silver finish wood moulding. Artwork in excellent condition; some minor wear to silver finish of frame.