OT: The amazing discovery
pnstenquist at mac.com
Mon Oct 14 11:57:55 EDT 2019
Thanks Ken. At times dad earned his living as an artist. During the depression he sometimes painted murals in the homes of the wealthy and in businesses, including a lobby mural in the fabulous but long gone Edgewater Beach Hotel on the Chicago lakefront. When I was growing up, art sales supplemented his income, but his primary role was that of a color photo engraver at Lakeside Press in Chicago. That printing company produced Time, Life, and Look magazines, along with the Sears catalog and other big jobs. Dad retouched color photos by engraving the copper plates with chemicals. His fingers were always stained. Sometimes he would bring home 8x10 transparencies after a job was complete. We had a light box, and I loved looking at the photos. I wish I had saved some. Don’t know what became of them. Fortunately, I do have quite a few of my father’s paintings, including some gallery show winners and a Smokey Mountains scene that was praised by the art critic for the Chicago Tribune.
> On Oct 14, 2019, at 11:44 AM, Ken Waller <kwaller at peoplepc.com> wrote:
> The Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!
> Did he make a living painting?
> Glad for your finding.
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>> From: Paul Stenquist <pnstenquist at comcast.net>
>> Sent: Oct 14, 2019 10:32 AM
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>> A very nice lady in Colorado, who happens to be an art restoration expert, located a canvas my father painted 90 years ago at the age of 23. I of course purchased it. Can't wait to see it on my living room wall. She is repairing the damaged area that can be seen at left, but it's a small defect and the fix will probably not be noticeable.
>> My siblings and I don’t have any examples of dad’s art created prior to 1937, so this is special. It provides an early glimpse into the mind and vision of the man whom I am proud to call father.
>> It seems dad was prolific in the 1930s, but sold almost many of his paintings during the Great Depression. This is the first that has resurfaced.
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