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Folk Art Mourning Portrait of Young Woman   c1850

Folk Art Mourning Portrait of Young Woman c1850

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Folk Art: Pre 1900: Item # 1026838

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A charming folk art, watercolor on paper, portrait of a very pretty young woman. She is wearing a mourning band on each arm, and is sitting quietly on a chair, with the sheet music of "The Julia Polka" on her lap. Since the painting is titled, in pencil along the lower margin, "Julia ???", the most likely explanation is that this is Julia, mourning for the loved one who probably wrote the song for her. Rather than sadness, however, the painting conveys a feeling of pensiveness and serenity.

The painting is 11 3/4" by 8 1/4" sight size, and the framed size is 17 1/8" by 14". The painting is in excellent condition, with no tears or folds. It has the expected overall very light toning, which just adds to the aura of this gem. The frame is period, but has been repainted at some point.