August Norieri (American/Louisiana, 1860-1898), "Two Sharecroppers", 1891, oil on academy board, signed and dated lower right, collector labels on previous backing paper, 12 1/4 in. x 9 3/8 in., framed.Provenance: Dr. and Mrs. James W. Nelson Collection. Exh.: "August Norieri, 1860-1938", Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans, Sept. 21-Oct. 18, 1970, and listed in the accompanying catalogue, no. 40, p. 28. Note: August Norieri spent his relatively short career painting primarily marine scenes and, most notably, the elaborate steamboats or Â“floating palacesÂ” that were quickly becoming obsolete with the expansion of rail transportation. The rare painting offered here is a remarkable example of a departure from NorieriÂ’s typical marine genre. This work, perhaps inspired by that of William Aiken Walker who lived and worked in New Orleans concurrently, sensitively portrays two figures at the forefront of a cotton field. Ref.: Dobie, Ann. "August Norieri." Encyclopedia of Louisiana. Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. Sept. 12, 2012. https://64parishes.org. Accessed Oct. 17, 2018.