Description: We offer an imposing oil painting by American painter Christopher High Shearer of a European or North African city. The canvas is 36” x 29” in a gold frame with the outside dimensions 40” x 33”. It is signed at the lower left: "C. H. Shearer 1876". The buildings and architecture dwarf the small figures in this studied cityscape with strong influences of German Romanticism and Orientalism. Item #FA00195.
Christopher High Shearer (1846-1926) was born in Reading, Pennsylvania and studied with regional artists Francis Daniel Devlan and John Heyl Raser as a young man. His father helped him build a working studio on the family estate and soon Shearer built a strong national recognition, exhibiting his work at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. With a unique drive and artistic intuition, Shearer sustained his career and developed his talents. In 1878, on his second journey to Europe, he was awarded the Gold Medal at the Dusseldorf School of Art. Back in the States, Shearer helped to fund the Reading Public Museum. He is known for his landscapes of Pennsylvania and European genre scenes.
Condition: There is a one inch tear in the lower middle section and an early, somewhat rudimentary, restoration of a three inch slit at the upper left. In "as found" condition and would do well with a cleaning. Nevertheless, the painting is an impressive work in scale, content and competency.