Thomas Brownell Eldred (American, 1903- 1993)
Fourth Avenue and 12th Street, mid 20th century
Oil painting on canvas
Signed to the lower right
Presented in a wooden frame
Associated with the American Abstract Artists group, Thomas Eldred is prominently known for his modernist abstract paintings and printmaking, strongly influenced by famed artists Miró, Picasso, Arp, Braque, and Kandinsky. He began his formal artistic training at the Art Institute of Chicago. Upon graduating, Eldred further pursued his artistic career and moved to New York, refining his technique while continuing his education at the Art Students League, working under the likes of historically renowned artists Thomas Hart Benton, Guy Pene DuBois, Helen Gardner and Boris Anisfeld. In the 1930s, the artist taught at the Brooklyn Museum of Art under the WPA program. Eldred went on to study at the Atelier 17 and subsequently moved to Paris, and in doing so established his distinctive, signature painting style and content for which he became recognized. Eldred’s oeuvre has been collected and exhibited by numerous prestigious institutions including the Art Institute of Chicago, Detroit Museum of Fine Arts, Brooklyn Museum, Virginia Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum in New York and many others.
- wear to edges of frame; loss of paint to edges of frame; canvas is brittle; hole repairs to center and lower left of painting; heavy billow to canvas; dust and accretions present to painting and frame; heavy craquelure present throughout painting, resulting in small losses of paint throughout; one inch hole/dent to center left of painting; stretcher frame visible through canvas; surface wear present to painting; toning to varnish; loss of paint to edges of frame.
- measures frame; visible image measures 25.5" W x 34.5" H.