James Eccles (1885-1983)
Oil on Board
8 x 10 inches
Signed lower left
Original Eccles frame
This painting appeared in our weekly email on 8/12/16 with the following gallery comments:
James Eccles lived in Oak Park, IL and spent his professional life as a banker. He enjoyed art in his free time and was a student at the Art Institute and other Chicago-area schools. When he retired from banking in 1945, he was able to devote himself more fully to painting. Along with his wife, he traveled and painted for many, many years. Those destinations included the Virgin Islands and greater Caribbean, Japan and the Far East and Brown County, Indiana. Today’s work, simply titled Brown County, is a nice example of the latter. This cute little summer landscape features Eccles typical ‘high key’ palette, representing a farmstead with a dramatic sky and blue hills in the background. Looks about the same today. The painting is in perfect condition, it was lightly cleaned and it’s housed in Eccles’ original gesso-finished frame (his go-to look). A wonderful, bright little Brown County landscape.
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