Monday, May 23, 2011

Three Paintings of Schooners and the Sea by Wilfred Cyr - circa 1930's

Recently, I had an opportunity to acquire these three lovely vintage oil on board paintings of schooners and the sea.

They were painted by Wilfred R. Cyr, a Massachussets artist who lived from
1889 to 1953. He lived and painted in Amesbury, Massachussets as did his brother Cyril Cyr, who was also an artist. They were both handicapped by an inherited form of partial paralysis and in order to paint had to push the brush holding hand with the other wrist.

They ran a school for cartoonists and Wilfred was a successful cartoonist himself - Al Capp of Li'l Abner Fame was a pupil at the school.
In addition to running a successful school, both brothers were themselves capable fine artists. And produced many fine paintings.

These came to me through the estate of a deceased doctor and his wife - clearly they had collected carefully and cared well for their acquisitions. Each is nicely framed and ready to hang on your wall.Cyr's paintings of seascapes and ships were most likely done in the studio using photographs available to him.

All three of these paintings are just a delight to view and I know I will miss them when they are gone to new homes, but I'm looking forward to seeing them daily for a while!!!

RACING SCHOONERS  18x20 oil on canvas board

This painting may be modelled on one of the many photographs world renowned Halifax photographer Wallace MacAskill took during the International Fishermen's Schooner races - a challenge between Nova Scotian and Gloucester salt bank schooners raced yearly between 1920 and 1938. I must check the NSARM site to look through the MacAskill exhibit of around 5000 images and see if I can find the shot! The exact one wasn't in the book I have but I know I've seen it. The colours, the way the light is falling and the whole sensibility of the paintings is so 1930's - just a delight to the eye.

PRICE: each painting  $225USD plus shipping
all three paintings  $625 USD plus shipping
CONTACT ME: to arrange purchase

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