George Ayers Cress (Alabama/Tennessee, 1921-2008) acrylic on paper painting titled "Trevi Fountain;" expressionist depiction of the sculptures at the Trevi fountain in Rome, Italy, rendered in pastel colors. Signed lower left. Typed label with artist's name, titled, medium, dimension, and date en verso. Double matted and housed under glass in a gilt wood frame. Sight – 17" H x 25" W. Framed – 24 3/4" H x 32 1/4" W. 1984. Biography (courtesy Tennessee Historical Quarterly Vol. XLIV No. 2: "Landscape and Genre Painting in Tennessee 1810-1985"): George Cress was born in Anniston, Alabama and studied at Emory University, American University, and the University of Georgia, where he studied under fellow Southern contemporary artist Lamar Dodd. He was a central figure in Chattanooga's arts community and served as President of the Tennessee Arts Council and sat on the board of the Hunter Museum of Art. From 1951-1984 he was painter in residence at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga; the Cress Gallery of Art at UTC is named in his honor. Provenance: The collection of Dr. William Kendall Striker, Chattanooga, TN. CONDITION: Overall very good condition with slight waviness to paper.
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