James A. Broady, Jr. (West Virginia, 20th Century) oil on canvas abstract landscape painting titled "Maine Woods" depicting a large forest against a cloudy sky. Signed "J A Broady" lower left. Inscriptions in black paint reading "Painted 7/51 'Maine Woods' Gift for Mrs. Maime McCoy from Jim Broady B.S.C '38" with typed document titled "Planting a Tree" by Broady stapled and housed under plastic, en verso. Housed in a silver metal frame. Sight – 19 3/4" H x 29 1/8" W. Framed – 20 1/2" H x 30 1/4" W. American, mid 20th century. Note: The "Planting a Tree" document states that African American artist James A. Broady, Jr. was the first student to be graduated from Bluefield State College, a historically black college located in Bluefield, West Virginia, with a major in Fine Art. Broady describes the Class Night in 1938 at Bluefield State College, Bluefield, West Virginia and his relationship to the late Mrs. A.C. McCoy and Mr. Joseph E. Dodd, his art mentor. He also discusses that he presented the painting in July 1951 to the McCoy "…where it hung over the fireplace in her living room until the time of her death. As agreed, I repossessed the painting with the intention of presenting it to Bluefield State College (Alumni Office)". CONDITION: Overall good condition with buckling to top left of canvas. Areas of loss, scratches to paint. Canvas is loose in frame.
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