Monday, January 16, 2012

Chester Stokesberry Painting Survives Hurricane Katrina



Sometimes we receive notes from folks from all over the country. Recently, I received a query from Michael Hyde, who had questions about Chester Stokesberry, an Irvington artist who dwelled at 352 Burgess Avenue. Mr. Stokesberry was a prolific artist who specialized in oils of natural scenes although he also painted portraits.

When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, Mr. Hyde reports that the storm struck a family member's home and the house went underwater as they lived twenty miles from the eye. Unfortunately, a painting by Chester Stokesberry titled "October" went under with the deluge. Thankfully, the family was able to save the painting.

The provenance of the painting is quite interesting. It appears to have been exhibited at a John Herron art show in 1955. Almost twenty years after its creation, the painting surfaced in a Michigan antique shop which is where Mr. Hyde's family found it in the early 1970s. After learning of the Vintage Irvington blog, he kindly took out his phone and snapped these two shots of the lovely painting. The images and stories are courtesy of Michael Hyde. You may learn more about the artist Chester Stokesberry by clicking on the family link below.

1 comment:

  1. How are we looking at the paintings of Mark Rothko these days?
    Is he old hat, replaced in America by more contemporary concerns? Looking at his minimal canvases and their enticing floating squares of subdued paint live at the MOMA recently, I had to stop to wonder whether he still communicates to a modern and younger audience.
    Wahooart.com, the site that sells good canvas prints to order from their database of digital images, has many Rothko prints. I ordered this one, Blue and grey, http://EN.WahooArt.com/A55A04/w.nsf/OPRA/BRUE-8BWU7F
    , that I have now hanging in my study. I can spend a long time looking at this elusive image that takes me to some other place not in this world.

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