Harold Newton (American, 1934-1994). Oil on board seascape painting depicting waves crashing on the shore with a low sun. Incised signature "H, Newton" along the lower right corner. Newton was a founding member of the Florida Highwaymen, a group of fellow African American landscape artists. He was often inspired by the coastline of Florida and the present work is an excellent example of this.
Sight; height: 23 1/2 in x width: 47 1/2 in. Framed; height: 26 in x width: 50 in.
The colors are bold and bright. The surface is stable. No signs of restoration under UV light. There is light craquelure throughout. There are numerous accretions throughout including: a network of minute black spots along the center of the painting, a few yellow spots along the upper right, accretions visible under UV light along the lower edge. There are vertical streaks consistent with moisture exposure throughout the work. There are small holes/areas of loss along the extreme edges of the work, visible in the listing photos. There are light scratches to the paint layer throughout, some measuring approx.4 inches in length. Along the verso there is evidence of further moisture exposure including a tideline along the lower left (lower right of the recto) that is not readily apparent along the recto. There is a slight undulation to the board consistent with the area of water exposure. Numerous paint accretions along the verso, possibly original to the artistic production. The paper backing shows further evidence of water exposure in the form of vertical streaks. The paper backing of the frame has been cut along three edges to allow for inspection.
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