1898 Charles Partridge Adams Oil
My parents go to Texas for the winters. They have for the past 15 years, and they brought it back. They got it at a flea market down there.
Do you know anything about the artist?
No, I don't.
He's one of the most important painters of Colorado. He was painting there around the turn of the century. The painting's signed and dated, Charles Partridge Adams, 1898. And 1898 is a great year for Adams because in many ways he had reached his full mature part of his career and he's painting these pictures which are quite impressionistic. So there's that wonderful light, that wonderful space, which is important to American painting. He was actually born on the East Coast, in Massachusetts, spent time in Colorado, and then moved west and actually died in Pasadena, California. He did some paintings in California as well, but he's really known as a great Colorado painter. And I think when you look at this painting here you get a great sense of that wonderful Colorado sky with a sense of light and space and here you have these tall, majestic trees looking out to this expansive horizon. A beautiful Rocky Mountain vista. Do you know anything about this little hole down here that I noticed?
Not really. We figure somebody probably tried a shot and they missed.
Yeah, coming from Texas, you've got a little bullet hole down there. It sounds like a pretty good story that it might be a bullet hole. Unfortunately, that brings the painting's value down a little bit. The value of the painting is quite significant. There's been tremendous interest in Colorado painters. And my sense of the painting's value is in the range of $10,000 to $15,000.
Yep, so it's a handsome picture.
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