The Deck Hands

Artist:Robert Riley
Date:1930s
Medium:Oil On Stretched Canvas
Dimensions:Sight size 19 3/4" by 28" Framed 26 1/2" by 35"
Condition:Excellent
Original Use:Exhibited Fine Art
Price:Sold
Full view of oil painting

Full view of oil painting

The artist's signature lower right

The artist's signature lower right

Framed in period and original rough hewn painted wood frame

Framed in period and original rough hewn painted wood frame

This period 1930s signed oil on stretched canvas painting was created by the New York state fine artist and illustrator Robert T. Riley. With a social realist / WPA styled grittiness, Riley captures the hardscrapple life of deck hands hard at work, while eluding to the anxieties of the Great Depression. The stylized rigging suggests the mechanization of the Industrial revolution, and the sailors pulling up the sails find their muscles strained to the point of breaking in an homage to John Henry. In the original rough hewn painted wood frame that is as gritty and compromised as the vision set forth on the canvas.

Detail

Detail

Detail

Detail

 

Verso of untouched back canvas with pine stretcher bars

Verso of untouched back canvas with pine stretcher bars

This signed ship deck genre painting effortlessly captures the appeal of the WPA movement and story telling through art that was a part of the modernist painter tradition during the 1930s.



 

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