Anna Catherine Wiley (1879-1958) impressionist oil on canvas landscape painting, depicting a field of corn shocks in the foreground against a mountainous background. The scene is reminiscent of Cade's Cove in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Signed lower right C. Wiley. Later giltwood frame with linen liner. Canvas size: 16" x 12". Framed: 22" x 17". Biography: Catherine Wiley is one of Tennessee's most important nationally recognized artists. She was one of the early female students at the University of Tennessee, and was later credited with establishing formal art instruction at the school. Wiley studied at the Art Students League in New York under Frank DuMond, and spent summers learning from major American impressionists such as Robert Reid, Jonas Lie, and Martha Walter. She won numerous prizes including two Gold Medals at the Appalachian Exposition in 1910 and her paintings were exhibited at prominent American venues including the National Academy of Design in New York and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Her thriving career was ended by a mental collapse which left her institutionalized until her death. Provenance: Private Tennessee collection. Proceeds from the sale of this painting benefit the Earl O. Henry Memorial Avian Exhibit at Ijams Nature Center. The exhibit showcases pre-World War II avian taxidermy and the art of Knoxville bird painter Earl O. Henry, one of the men killed in the 1945 attack on the USS Indianapolis. Condition: Overall very good condition, relined, one minor paint flake to lower margin.
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