A Celtic Tragedy

Artist:John Hemming Fry
Medium:Oil on Canvas
Dimensions:Sight Size 24" x 58 1/2" Framed 26" x 60 1/2"
Original Use:Fine Art
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Above: Detail of central figures

This 1920s original oil on canvas painting by noted New York artist and muralist John Hemming Fry features a flowing, lyrical, sometimes abstracted composition that also incorporates elements of the contemporaneous Dada and Surrealist movements. Like his fellow muralists Eugene Savage and Edwin H. Blashfield, Fry created epic imagery in a dreamscape romanticized style, borrowing freely from classical Greek, Celtic, and Roman folklore and imagery. This mythological trilogy on death and dying features three separate vignettes painted in subdued blue and steel gray tones against a background of ancient Northern European hills. An inventive and decorative large antique oil painting that retains its original handsome gesso frame, and is verso inkstamped by the artist.

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Above: Verso view of untouched canvas on original pine stretchers
Above: Framed view in original antique carved wood frame


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