Joseph Delaney (Tennessee/New York, 1904-1991) oil on canvas self-portrait, signed and dated lower left "Jos Delaney, 1933". On reverse side is a floral still life, possibly also painted by the artist. Housed in a simple wooden frame. Sight – 18 3/8" H x 15 5/84" W. Framed – 22 3/4" H x 19 1/4" W. Formerly exhibited at The Ewing Gallery in Knoxville, Tennessee; University of Tennessee Department of Art label en verso. Note: this is the only known oil on canvas self-portrait of Delaney, who was born in Knoxville in 1904. He and his older brother, Beauford, discovered their interest in art by drawing on Sunday School cards. In 1930, Joseph left Tennessee for New York where Beauford was also working as an artist, and enrolled in the Art Students League under the tutelage of Thomas Hart Benton and Alexander Brooke. The subject matter he found there, including the city's landmarks and its people, are the images for which he is best known. In 1986, Delaney returned to Knoxville to live and was artist-in-residence for the University of Tennessee Art Department until his death in 1991. Delaney's works are included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Chicago Art Institute, The Knoxville Museum of Art, and The Smithsonian American Art Museum. Biography courtesy of Frederick C. Moffatt. Condition: Overall very good condition with some grime. Abrasions to wood frame.
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