Artist:Charles Relyea
Medium:Oil on Illustration Board
Dimensions:Sight Size 21 1/2" x 28" Framed 23 1/2" x 30"
Condition:Good with wear along the frame edges
Original Use:Calendar Art
Full view of oil painting

Full view of oil painting

A well rendered and rare surviving 1920s original oil on board illustration by the prolific New York artist Charles M. Relyea. Featuring an art deco Indian Maiden this is a fine example of American calendar art and was a widely published image titled "Chums" which evokes the allure of the Indian Maiden and wonderfully captures the Depression-era popular fascination with exotic-themed escapism. A dated 1939 original advertising calendar of this image is included in the sale, showing the longevity and popular appeal of this Indian Maiden rendering as the painting was likely done a full 10 years before this calendar was printed.

Above: A printed Calendar of this image "Chums" dated 1939 included in sale


Framed in period and likely original simple gold gesso frame

Framed in period and likely original simple gold gesso frame

Charles Mark Relyea; 1863-1932 was born in Albany New York and studied under Thomas Eakins at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Relyea was a Salmagundi Club Member and a Society of Illustrators Member. He had a long and prolific career as an illustrator despite losing an eye in 1914 when he was struck by a golf ball at a course in New Rochelle, New York.

Above: Verso view
Above: Verso notations and artist's name


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