Eloise Hester (American, 20th Century) oil on masonite board Expressionist harbor scene titled "Sail Boats" portraying several sailboats in turbulent waters, with coastline and bright red and yellow mountains or structures in the background. Signed lower left. Additionally signed and titled en verso with museum accession numbers and label for the Mid-South Exhibition of Paintings 1960, Brooks Memorial Art Gallery, Overton Park, Memphis, Tennessee . Housed in a grey painted wooden frame. Sight – 25 1/4" H x 37 7/8" W. Framed – 26 5/8" H x 39 1/4" W. Circa 1960. Provenance: Deaccessioned from the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Note: Eloise Hester is named among artists who were experimenting with abstraction, expressionism, and other elements of artists in the 1960s in the book "Art in Mississippi, 1720-1980" by Patti Carr Black. Note: the first annual Mid-South Exhibition was held at the Brooks in 1956, a tradition that continued for the next 17 years and included purchase prizes to help bring regional art into the collection. Jurors included artists such as Wil Barnet and Jack Levine as well as museum directors from institutions such as Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and The Walker Art Center. CONDITION: Overall good condition with areas of paint loss, largest 3/8" x 4 1/4" across top of board.
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