Lloyd Branson (Tennessee, 1861-1925) oil on board painting depicting a young woman with upturned gaze and red hair, likely a study for the larger work by Branson titled “The Weeping Magdeline,” currently in the collection of McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture. Signed and dated lower right “Branson/1905”. Housed in a painted and gilt wood frame with velvet liner. Sight – 9 1/2″ H x 7 3/8″ W. Framed – 17″ H x 15″ W. Biography: Branson is known as the first East Tennessee artist to receive formal art training in Europe (at the National Academy of Design in Paris) and studied at the National Academy of Design in New York. He returned to Tennessee and entered into a business partnership with Frank McCrary from 1885 to 1903, and became a leader in the East Tennessee arts community. (source: James A. Hoobler, Tennessee State Museum). CONDITION: Overall very good condition. Areas of varnish drip visible top left under blacklight.
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