John Adams Spelman (Minnesota/Illinois, 1880-1941) oil on canvas fall landscape painting depicting trees on a small hill with a picket fence, a group of farmhouses on a field in the middle ground, a mountain range in the background under a cloudy blue sky. Signed and dated J' A' Spelman 24" lower right. Housed in a carved gilt wood frame. Sight – 23 1/2" H x 26 1/4" W. Framed – 29 3/4" H x 33 3/4" W. American, early 20th century. Biography: Minnesota born artist John Spelman studied at the Art Institute of Chicago under John H. Vanderpoel and Charles F. Browne. An avid outdoorsman, he was known for his Minnestota and Great Lakes area landscapes. He also spent time in the South painting the mountains around Gatlinburg and Asheville, North Carolina with Chicago painter Rudolph Ingerle, with whom he shared a similar style. CONDITION: Overall good condition with few areas of craquelure. Several areas of brown/orange pigment fluoresce under black light, does not appear to be inpainting, possibly in the varnish.
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