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Edmond J. Fitzgerald Oil Painting "The Sailboat"

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Edmond J. Fitzgerald (American, 1912-1989)
The Sailboat
Oil on board
Signed “E.J. Fitzgerald” to lower left

An oil painting on board titled The Sailboat by well-listed American artist Edmond James Fitzgerald (1912-1989). This work features a dock scene portrayed in a post-impressionistic manner with vibrant hues and broad strips and patches of pigment. Signed ‘E.J. Fitzgerald’ to the lower left, it is presented in an Arts & Crafts style gilt and gesso wood frame. A label from the Eisele Gallery of Fine Art is adhered to the verso.

Renowned for his sea-landscape, landscape, portrait and genre paintings, Edmond J. Fitzgerald is prolific in a wide range of mediums including oil, watercolor, and charcoal. He is considered active in Washington, Seattle, New York and Cincinnati.

Fitzgerald grew up in the Seattle area, graduated from The California School of Fine Arts, and as a young man participated in an U.S. Geological Survey Expedition to Alaska. He is known for love of painting the outdoors. A Naval officer during World War II, he later continued many years in the Naval Reserves, with many naval art assignments.

He was notably influenced by Eustace Ziegler and Alaskan landscapes. He married Mary Louise Streets, a ceramics student before the war, and moved to New York after the war. He taught classes at institutions such as a Parson’s School of Design, and the New York Academy of Design. A former president of the Allied Artists of America and the American Watercolor Society, Fitzgerald’s art is in permanent collections at the White House, George Washington University, the Seattle Art Museum and many others. He authored art books titled Painting and Drawing in Charcoal and Oil and Marine Painting in Watercolor. After Mary Louis Streets died he married Margaret Trent and relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio.


- small faint stains and spots of accretion scattered throughout painting; some wear in frame includes small chips, stains, scratches, and finish loss scattered throughout.


20.0" W x 16.25" H x 1.25" D

- measurement of frame; visible image measures approximately 15.25" W x 11.5" H.

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