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Alexander John Drysdale (American/New Orleans, 1870-1934), "Monumental Louisiana Bayou Lunette (Black River Country)", oil on canvas, signed lower right, 37 in. x 72 in., framed. Provenance: D.H. Holmes Department Store, New Orleans. Note: Alexander Drysdale's large canvases were most often commissions, as in the case of the Shushan Airport and the Weiss Dining Room murals. The monumental and exceedingly rare lunette offered here was part of a group of paintings commissioned by the D.H. Holmes department store. In 1927, the president of D.H. Holmes, Frederick W. Evans, asked Drysdale to paint twenty-two special canvases of mural size to display in the store. The paintings hung in the restaurant at the store for many years until Drysdale’s death, when they were put on exhibition in the store’s riverside window. This work, with its attractive half-moon shape and iconic oak trees near the water, is a classic example of Drysdale at his very best. The reflections of the trees and sky on the water with a high horizon line and sizeable foreground are particularly well-painted and make for an interesting composition. Ref.: Buechner, Howard A. Drysdale: Artist of Myth and Legend. Metairie, LA: Thunderbird Press, 1985.

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Alexander John Drysdale (American/New Orleans)

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