For sale is a large 1930's-era pen-and-watercolor painting of a dining room in an adobe-style home in the American southwest, or possibly northern Mexico. It is signed by a well-known American home designer and architect of the 1930's and 40's. The painted image is 13-3/4" high by 17-1/4" wide, behind glass in an overall frame size of 21-1/2" x 25". The frame and glass appear to be original; the painting was remounted with an acid-free mat some years ago.
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The painting is very realistic, showing details similar to the inside of many old homes in that region. It is not known whether the painting depicts an actual scene from life, the artist's design for a client, or an illustration for a magazine. The signature at lower left is by Stanley Reese, who was credited as designer of the covers for three issues of Better Homes & Gardens magazine in the 1930's: September 1930, March 1931, and January 1935. Copies of all three issues will go with the painting.
Stanley Reese was an architect and home designer who gained prominence in New York in the 1930's and 40's. By 1945, Reese, with Alexander Knowlton and Graham Stewart, was associated with famous American architect Edward Durell Stone in designing the Life Magazine House. From 1946 to 1950, Reese and other architects were associated with Stone in designing numerous private residences and several demonstration homes such as the Libby-Owens-Ford Glass Company's Solar House and the Ingersoll Steel / Borg Warner Demonstration House (see: trianglemodernisthouses.com).
A printed label on the back of the painting, which appeared to be from the 1930's, identified it as a "Whatman"-brand drawing board from an art-supply house in New York City.
This painting would make a nice acquisition for anyone who likes realistic original art, the colorful American Southwest, or interior home design.
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