Edmond James Fitzgerald (American, 1912 – 1989)
Untitled, mid 20th century
Oil painting on masonite panel
Signed to the lower right
A mid 20th century oil painting on masonite panel by Edmond J. Fitzgerald. The rough oil sketch, composed using neutrally toned, gestural brushstrokes, depicts waves crashing onto the rocky coastline of an overcast seascape. The work is signed to the lower right and presented in a distressed gray wood frame.
From the artist’s estate
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 his 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 is 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 Louise Streets died, he married Margaret Trent and relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio.
- some flattening and cracks to the impasto to the center; unpainted areas throughout ground; discoloration to unevenly applied varnish; drying cracks throughout darker pigments; accretions, scratches, chips, and finish loss to the frame; cracks to the wood to the lower left corner.
- measures frame; sight measures 41.5" W x 17.5" H.