Lamar William Dodd (Georgia/New York, 1909-1996), "Alabama Valley" or "The Peaceful Valley," large oil on canvas impressionist Southern landscape painting, depicting a valley with animals grazing at center under a line of trees, a body of water to the left, bordered to the right with a split rail fence, and rolling blue hills in the background. Titled "The Peaceful Valley" on upper stretcher; paper label en verso reads "This painting ALABAMA VALLEY is the property of the artist LAMAR DODD ON permanent loan to Mrs. F. J. Dodd LaGrange, GA". Housed in a textured gilt wood frame. Sight – 24 3/4" H x 35 3/8" W. Framed – 30 1/2" H x 41 3/4" W. Biography (courtesy Askart: The Artists' Bluebook and The New Georgia Encyclopedia): Lamar Dodd is known for modernist-leaning landscape, genre, and still life painter, and as an educator. He had a career centered in his home state of Georgia, although his education at the Art Students League in New York City, and some of his painting assignments, such as being an official artist for the National Aerospace Program, took him far beyond his home town of Athens. Dodd was head of the art department at The University of Georgia (UGA) from 1938 until 1973, when he stepped down. He remained chair of the Division of Fine Arts until he retired in 1972. In 1963 a new art building was dedicated on UGA's north campus. The Department of Art was renamed the Lamar Dodd School of Art in a dedication ceremony in 1996, just months before Dodd's death later that year. CONDITION: Painting overall excellent condition, one errant paint drip lower right quadrant. Scattered minor rubbing and gilt loss to frame, primarily left edge and rear edges.
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