|Description: We offer an original watercolor by Lynn Rowan of a whimsical urban waterfront. It is on heavy wove watercolor paper, signed in the lower left “Rowan ’43.” A steam engine rushes by the docks in front of wooden row houses. The early signs of urban development, a small skyscraper, looms in the background. Based on the artist’s other work this piece is presumably Brooklyn or an outer borough of Manhattan. We love the use of color and Rowan's playful way with scale in this piece. Item #FA00162.
Lynn Rowan was living and working in Manhattan in the 1940’s, but has left very little in the way of a biographical footprint. We have a collection of drawings, watercolors and paintings that have been stored away for decades. Rowan was a confident, exuberant mark marker and colorist whose figurative work would seem at home in The New Yorker. One address written on the back of a small ink drawing links the artist to 7 West 8th street (curiously close to the New York Studio School, though no formal connection has been made.) From his sketchbook and archive of artwork we see that he traveled to Woodstock, New York, Newport, Rhode Island, and Europe. We have many more paintings and watercolors available (portraits, landscapes and still life drawings), not yet listed on our website. Email us for more information and images.
Condition: There are remnants of artist’s tape on recto at the margins, but it does not obstruct the image in any way. Fine condition, otherwise, with very good color.