Riverside Park, 4th of July

Artist:William Medcalf
Medium:Oil on Board
Dimensions:Sight Size 28 1/2" x 29 1/2" Framed 32 1/2" x 33 1/2"
Original Use:Final Preliminary Painting for Brown & Bigelow Calendar
Price:S O L D
Above: Main View
Above: Artist signature
Above: Detail view

During the 50s, Bil Medcalf was one of Brown & Bigelow's star illustrators, creating 12 page calendar series based around themes of classic Americana. Here, he evokes a classic 4th of July celebration with revelers enjoying a day at Riverside Park. From the soldier checking out the ravishing redhead disembarking her carriage, to the new parents cooing over their baby buggy, the scene evokes a vision of a simpler time, and a patriotic and nostalgic sense of 19th century America. This large, colorful, highly expressive oil on board with graphite highlights was created as the final preliminary painting for a published Brown & Bigelow calendar image. Each month likely celebrated a different patriotic landmark.

Above: Another view
Above: Framed view

This large oil and graphite on board illustration is remarkably detailed for a preliminary artwork, and highlights Medcalf's vast talent. Drawing from French expressionism to present a feeling of the day, its a vibrant example of Medcalf's sophisticated approach to calendar art.


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