Robert Birdwell (Tennessee, 20th century) abstract/figural oil on canvas, featuring geometric designs and male and female figures, each holding a bird-like creature. signed and dated lower right, "Birdwell '57". Stained molded frame. 29-3/4" x 23-1/2" sight, 39" x 33-1/2" framed. Biography (courtesy of Stephen Wicks, Curator – Knoxville Museum of Art): Birdwell was among the early Abstract Expressionist painters in East Tennessee, along with Buck Ewing, Carl Sublett, and Walter Stevens. While Sublett and Stevens found their primary inspiration along the Maine coastline, Birdwell often drew inspiration from urban settings. Together they produced what are likely the first abstract paintings in Tennessee and helped establish a foothold for modern art in the region. Provenance: estate of Jean and Alven Ghertner, Nashville, TN. Condition: Excellent condition.
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