Lot 1143
Mortimer H. Slotnick (American, 1920-2011), Bringing Home the Tree
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Oil on canvas, 1956, signed and dated at lower right, inscribed to verso including publication notes from the American Artists Group of New York, presented in a later gilt frame.

Stretcher size 20 x 23 in.; Frame dimensions 26 3/8 x 29 3/8 in.

Mortimer Slotnick was born in New York and studied teaching at the City College of New York. He earned his Master of Arts in teaching at Columbia University. After serving in the US Army during World War II, he returned to New York. He settled in New Rochelle and taught in various positions at both primary schools and the college level.

His idyllic scenes of life in the Adirondacks were popular. He designed several Christmas cards, for which this painting was likely intended and published by the American Artists Group. Two of his landscapes are in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

Yellowing varnish; some staining to surface; stable craquelure; area of abrading and paint lifting at lower center of canvas.