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Oil on canvas (lined), circa 1935-1940, signed lower left, inscribed to top stretcher "House at Beach / Hobson Pittman / 1934-40," presented in a later frame.
Stretcher size 18 x 32 1/4 in.; Frame dimensions 25 1/4 x 39 3/4 in.
Born in rural Edgecombe County, NC, Pittman moved to Pennsylvania in 1918. After several one-man shows in Philadelphia, he was represented in the 1933 exhibition "Painting and Sculpture from 16 American Cities" held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, NY. A celebrated regionalist, Pittman exhibited extensively throughout his lifetime and beyond.
Pittman was particularly known for his depictions of quiet rooms, writing “rooms are wonder for me—I like rooms and doors and windows—Mystery shrouds them all—mystery not revealed or explained...” John Canaday, Art Editor of the New York Times, reveled in Pittman's interiors as being both "nostalgic and visionary," seemingly at once "still peopled by the remembered presences of romantic personages."
Accompanied by a conservation report prepared by Ruth Barach Cox, October 10, 2018.
Minor nicking to frame; scattered minor in-painting visible under UV light; small paint flake at lower left corner near frame edge.
$5,000 - 10,000