Charles Krutch (Tennessee, 1849-1934) East Tennessee oil on board painting depicting a Spring/Summer mountain landscape, likely the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. EG Gagg Knoxville Framery label en verso. Housed in a gilt wood frame. Signed lower right in red "Krutch." Sight – 6 1/4" H x 9" W. Framed – 8 1/4" H x 11" W. Biography (Courtesy Knoxville Museum of Art): Krutch is regarded as one of East Tennessee's first painters to specialize in scenes of the Smoky Mountains. Krutch earned the nickname "Corot of the South" for his soft, atmospheric watercolor and oil paintings of the mountain range that served as his sole focus. Totally untrained as an artist, he often applied thick layers of oil paint with brushes as well as his fingers. Krutchâs goal was to capture the changing "moods" of the mountains. CONDITION: Overall grime. Light rubbing noted to left margin. A couple of pinprick losses of paint upper right quadrant. Very minor errant spotting upper right corner.
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