Joseph Lambert Cain (Rhode Island/Iowa, 1904-2003) oil on canvas New York City urban harbor painting, depicting a group of young people in swimsuits sunbathing on a pier, with the New York City skyline, including the Empire State building and a bridge in the background, under a partly cloudy sky. Signed "Jo Cain" lower right. Signed "JO CAIN Strauser Collection" to stretcher, en verso. Housed in a wooden frame with giltwood trim. Sight – 27 3/4" H x 35 1/2" W. Framed – 34 1/4" H x 41 5/8" W. Mid 20th century. Provenance: Estate of Carl Klein, Brentwood, TN. Biography: "Born in New Orleans, Joseph Cain was a painter, muralist, and lithographer who was a Professor of Art at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston from 1944 and chair of the department from 1944 to 1958. He studied at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students League in New York with Kenneth Hayes Miller. He also took classes with Abstract Expressionist Hans Hofmann. He exhibited widely including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the National Academy of Design in New York." (source: Peter Hastings Falk, Editor, Who Was Who in American Art). CONDITION: Overall good condition with some craquelure, and stretcher marks. Some buckling to canvas, lower right. Scattered paint flakes with inpainting, largest 1 1/4" x 1/2", top right of sky quadrant. Minor losses to frame.
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