Noel Rockmore (New York/New Orleans, 1928-1995) oil on board painting of two jazz musicians – a trombone player and a clarinet player, likely Louis Nelson and Polo Barnes – set against a blue, smoky background. Signed upper right and dated April '63. Rococo style carved whitewashed frame. 11-1/4" x 15-1/4" sight, 17" x 20-1/2" framed. Biography (courtesy Askart: The Artists' Bluebook): The son of New York artists Floyd and Gladys Rockmore Davis, Noel Rockmore was a child prodigy. He studied at the Art Students League and was given a show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art at the age of 24; exhibitions at the Whitney Museum, Pennsylvania Academy and Cleveland Institute of Art followed. Rockmore made his first visit to New Orleans in 1960 and soon relocated there. By 1962, he had begun his project to paint the old Jazz musicians playing at Preservation Hall in the French Quarter, making quick preliminary studies in polymer followed by oils painted during a single sitting in his studio. Provenance: the collection of Stephen and Lisa Steiner Small, Nashville, Tennessee. Condition: 1/8" abrasion to trombone player's chest, minute flake to clarinet player's shoulder, some staining to frame liner. Condition: 1/8" abrasion to trombone player's chest, minute flake to clarinet player's shoulder, some staining to frame liner.
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