Leo Blake (American, 1887-1976), "Ships in Gloucester," oil on board depicting of several boats docked in Gloucester Harbor, under a cloudless blue sky. Signed "Leo B. Blake" lower right. Molded whitewashed frame with gilt accents. Label en verso for the The American Artists Professional League for American Art, along with another label, possibly an exhibition label, with title and number S-14. Panel – 16" H x 18" W. Framed – 19 1/2" H x 21 1/2" W. Note: This is the smaller of two Leo Blake oil paintings titled "Gloucester Harbor" in this auction from the estate of Earl and Annette Bruhn, who were 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: Scattered craquelure, mainly in left and right lower quadrants; otherwise very good condition.
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