George Reicke (American, 1848 – 1930), large oil on canvas landscape with cows in the original period giltwood frame. Signed and dated lower right, Geo. Riecke 1889, and titled en verso: THE EDGE OF THE MARSHES. A herd of cattle is depicted grazing at the edge of a marsh with waterlilies and flowers lining the banks; a grove of trees is in the left foreground and the roof of a house atop a slight hill is visible in the background. The giltwood and composition frame features a beaded rabbet edge, flat panel molding with fluted edge, a wide leaf-carved border and swept leaf-molded edge. 29" x 40" sight, 42" x 52" framed. Provenance: Descended in the family of Samuel M. Anderson of Lebanon, Tenn., a breeder of Jersey cattle, and his wife Clara Alexander. Artist biography: George Riecke was known for his rural landscapes, often depicting sheep and cattle. He was active in New Orleans between 1887 and 1902 and was a member of the Artists Association of New Orleans. In 1900, he exhibited his work at the National Academy of Design in New York. Source: Patricia Schmit, Encyclopedia of New Orleans Artists 1718 – 1918 and Peter Falk, Who Was Who in American Art. Condition: Overall very good condition with light surface grime, small area of craquelure lower left corner and edge, faint streak lines visible in upper left tree area, a few small extraneous light blue paint spots in sky area, painting has come somewhat loose in frame. Frame also in very good condition with some wear to flat panel portion, minor wear and scattered small flakes to moldings. Gilding appears original with no touch-ups.
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