Front: Farmer with Cows Back: Field with Barn and Wagon, c.1938
Oil on board
23.75 x 15.50 in
This early work by American artist Sylvia Spicuzza is an excellent example of Regionalism: in the foreground, a farmer in blue stands before a herd of cattle. Beyond the fence of their corral, rows of haystacks draw the viewer's eye toward the farmhouse and the lush landscape under a blue sky. The reverse of the painting contains another original composition, with horses grazing before a red barn. The Regionalists, the most famous of which being Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood and John Steuart Curry, were so named because they were associated with particular regions of the United States – especially the Midwest. Even more, the movement was known for images like this, emphasizing the prosperity of America's heartland and agriculture. 23.75 x 15.5 inches, artwork 31.63 x 23.13 inches, frame Stamped with artist's signature, lower right Framed to conservation standards using archival materials including 100 percent rag mounting materials. Housed in a gold finish wood moulding with a linen-wrapped liner. Overall good condition; some surface marks, top center; scattered pitting throughout bottom quarter; housed in a new custom frame.