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Mother Child and dogs in Woodland

Mother Child and dogs in Woodland

John Costigan NA

 USA 1888-1972
gouache & oil on paper
25x20 framed 33x38
     Born in Providence, Costigan was orphaned and raised by his aunt and uncle, parents of George M. Cohan, in New York,. Basically self taught, he studied briefly at Art Students League. He made a living as a sketch artist for a lithographer. In his fine art, he was known for genre and pastoral scenes depicting motherhood, security of childhood and a rapport with animals and nature. This painting illustrates all of those foci.

    Costigan received numerous awards  during his lifetime, and his work is in museum collections across the country. In 1968 a Smithsonian 50-year retrospective of his work toured the country. Compare with a similar subject (slightly more than half the size) at another galllery, click here.

    The finely made and earlier French frame is hand-carved and signed by the maker.


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