A large American impressionist oil painting by the well listed illustrator Edmund Davenport. A frequent cover artist for a number of Golden Age of Illustration glossy magazine titles, Davenport excelled at this manner of romancing the celebratory moments of life without resorting to obvious sentimentalism. This well realized and luminous work utilizes an impasto technique and a lush fall color palette and was used as the cover for the November 1928 Thanksgiving edition of The American Magazine. A copy of the magazine is included with purchase.
Grapefruit Moon Gallery sold an Edmund Davenport oil painting used as the cover in 1925 for The Saturday Evening Post last year, that was our introduction to the artist. This too was created as cover art for an American slick magazine, here we find a beaming modernist flapper girl preparing for a holiday feast and evoking the youthful jazz age pluck while paying respect to the American spirit celebrated at Thanksgiving.
Painting retains original back stretcher bars and is framed in a simple gesso frame that is period to the creation of the painting.