An interpretation of the artist's emotional response to a majestic landscape, this handsome original oil on academy board is signed lower right "M. Gross." On the verso, it's titled "Camp Fire" and dated 1932, lower right on the dust paper over the stretcher. A snow-covered peak towers in the background-- possibly Mount Dana in the Sierra Nevadas at the eastern boundary of Yosemite--fronted by a sparkling blue lake and immense fir trees. In front of the teepee-style tent is seated a man, alone in the wilderness and relaxing in front of his campfire.
Overall, the work is 17 1/2 inches wide and 14 1/2 inches top to bottom and weighs 1 pound 10 ounces. The 1 inch wide frame is original to the painting. It is matte gilded wood, with a narrow inner gilt molding, a center strip of sponge-grained dark brown with gilt and an outer gilt molding with a simple geometric design. The painting is in great condition, with a few white flecks to the upper right of the tent against the trees the only blemish. The dust paper is torn and ragged; we've left it in its as-found condition but it's easily and inexpensively replaced (be sure to preserve the title and date). The frame is good structurally, with tight corners, but has a few subtle chips here and there. There's a double wire for ease in hanging this wonderful Impressionist landscape painting.
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