Leo L. Blake (American, 1887-1976), "Gloucester Harbor," oil on masonite harbor scene, depicting figures working on moored boats, one named Rosetta, under a mostly clear sky with seagulls overhead and in the foreground. Signed "Leo L. Blake," lower right. Housed in a hand carved, ivory painted wood frame with raised silvered molding, probably also made by the artist. Accompanied by the original sales receipt titling this work "Gloucester Harbor," "To Annette," with sales price of $280 in 1958. Sight – 28" H x 30" W. Framed – 33" H x 35" W. Note: this is the larger of two Leo Blake oil paintings titled "Gloucester Harbor" in this auction from the estate of Earl and Annette Bruhn of Chicago, close friends of the late artist. A watercolor painting and archive of this artist are also being sold in this auction. Artist biography: Leo B. Blake studied at the Art Institute of Chicago from 1908-1912, and began his career in illustration and commercial art. In 1933, he relocated to New England and set up a studio in the Berkshires, where he focused on painting landscapes and taught classes, including at Williams College (1937-1941) and the Berkshire Museum (1943-1953). Blake was a member of numerous organizations including the Pittsfield Art League (where he served as president), the North Shore Arts Association, the Illinois Academy of Fine Arts, and the American Artists Professional League. He exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, the Salmagundi Club, and the Berkshire Museum. CONDITION: Overall good condition, areas of craquelure lower left and center, 2 1/2" scratch lower left near frame edge.
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