Alexander John Drysdale (American/Louisiana, 1870-1934) oil on canvas landscape painting depicting a lakeshore scene with lone building by a large tree and a boat at the shoreline. Housed in the original early 20th century giltwood frame. Signed lower right "A. J. Drysdale". Sight – 20" H x 29" W. Framed – 26" H x 35 1/2" W. Provenance: Consignor inherited from grandparents who lived in New Orleans in 1930 and '40s. Biography: Drysdale was born in Marietta, Georgia and moved to New Orleans as a teenager. There he studied at the Southern Art Union and with Paul E. Poincy. He also studied with the Art Students League in New York City under Charles Curran and Frank DuMond. Back in New Orleans, he opened a studio in the French Quarter and began to paint landscapes inspired by local subjects. He is known for using the technique of oil wash, using oil paint thinned with kerosene, that gave his works a characteristic hazy, humid look. Significant commissions included D.H. Holmes Department Store and Sushan Airport. His work is in the collections of the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and The Historic New Orleans Collection. (source: Askart). CONDITION: Accretions left center margin. Overall surface debris to canvas, most noticably on darker areas. Foxing to backside of canvas due to humidity.
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