1926 Raymon Jonson "Pot & Blanket" Oil
It's a painting by Raymond Johnson and it was given by Raymond and his brother Arthur to my great-aunt. And that was passed to my parents, and my parents gave it to me about 15 years ago.
The painting is clearly signed. It's dated, 1926. It was in 1938 that he had cofounded this transcendental art movement. Sort of a funky name. And it really is sort of an offshoot of European modernism. There's a movement away from painting objects as they really exist. It's an emphasis on spirituality, it's an emphasis on moving away from pure form. This, therefore, is a little bit atypical because it is a lot more representational, let's say, than what he's known for. Auction purposes today, you're probably talking about $25,000 to $35,000. It's really a valuable thing.
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