Marilyn Bendell, American Impressionist painter (1921-2003), born in Michigan, studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, and was recognized by many organizations, including the Royal Society of Arts, American Artists Professional League, Who's Who in American Art, and the Brown County Art Gallery Association (where this painting was exhibited). She was located in Florida from 1953 to 1983, where she painted and taught, and moved to Nambe, New Mexico in 1983, where she continued to paint. Well known for her portraiture and still lifes, she also painted landscapes and aspects of her surroundings, often in a fluid manner, sometimes with a heavy impasto. This scene depicts a church on a hill, with African American women in front and at the door, with an intense sky of blue, grey and bright clouds. Oil on canvas, it measures 24" x 20" with a frame which appears to be original, of 2 1/2" deep.
In good condition, no losses or damage, some crazing in the heavy impasto in the white clouds, visible in a close up photo.
Deft brushwork and fine coloration create both energy and intensity in this exceptional work by an immensely talented artist.