John Wesley Chumley (Virginia/Tennessee, 1928-1984) panoramic egg tempera on board titled "Cades Cove" depicting a panoramic view of the valley located in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Signed lower left "Chumley". Artist label with title en verso. Exhibition label also en verso from the R. W. Norton Art Gallery, Shreveport, Louisiana. Exhibition titled "John Chumley's Rural America, Oct.1 – Nov. 5 1972, from the collection of Mrs. Waldo Adler, Chestnut Hill, PA". Housed in the original gilt wood frame with linen liner. Sight – 14" H x 35 3/4" W. Framed – 21 1/2" H x 43 1/2" W. Painted circa 1970. Biography (courtesy Askart: The Artists' Bluebook/J.C. Tumblin): "John Chumley was born in Minnesota and grew up in Tennessee. His interest in realism flourished while studying under Walter Stuempfig at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; he also studied at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida and was Artist in Residence at the Fort Worth Center of Art in Texas from 1958-1961. Chumley moved with his family to the Shenandoah Valley in 1961. Scenes from his native East Tennessee were a frequent source of inspiration. He had one man shows at the Dulin Gallery of Art (predecessor of the Knoxville Museum of Art, Fort Worth, Norfolk, Va., Pennsylvania and New York. His New York exhibits were very successful and earned him national recognition and comparisons with Hopper and Wyeth. He is buried in Winchester, Virginia. Provenance: Private Maryville, TN estate, by descent of the original owner Mrs. Waldo Adler. CONDITION: Overall very good condition. Light overall grime, most notable in sky area and linen liner. Very slight wear to the frame.
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