Have to confess: we love old paintings that are unframed. The appeal is hard to explain - maybe it's because we get a glimpse of what happens behind the scene, the imperfections, the tattered canvas, the marks and all of the aged goodness that is often hidden away.
Here is an early 20th century oil painting on canvas by well-known American artist Thomas Brownell Eldred (1903 – 1993). The work depicts a male figure working in the yard of a residential building among vibrant greenery. Although Eldred was known for his abstract modernism work, he did create a collection of somewhat primitive folk art paintings like this one.
Whether you decide to have it restored and framed, or display 'as is' - this is a painting that will have you imagining, thinking, dreaming.
More about the artist here.
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- ONE antique oil painting by Thomas Brownell Eldred (as shown)
Fair condition with wear, tears, areas of paint loss, stretcher marks, and discoloration throughout the edges of canvas; overall craquelure, stains, creases and discoloration throughout the composition; 2" and 0.5" cuts to the lower right of canvas; restoration patch visible to the verso.
The painting is signed “Eldred” to the lower right. The composition is possibly dated “32” to the verso. An Inscription reading “Drewes” is inscribed to the verso lower stretcher. The piece is unframed and untitled.
- Material: Canvas, wood, oil paint
- Color: multicolor
- Dimensions: 18.0" W x 25.0" H x 0.75" D