Mid 20th Century "Florida Celery Farm Scene" Watercolor Painting by Gifford Cochran, Framed

Rare mid-century original watercolor of a Florida celery farm by listed Florida artist Gifford Alexander Cochran. Mounted in a traditional gold leaf frame with double matting.
An array of workers, trucks, palms and sheds are depicted in this sunny scene.
Signed by the artist lower right and dated '54 for 1954.
Condition is very good with very minor age discoloration in places.

Image size is 17" x 11". Frame is 29" x 23" x 1 3/4" thick.
8.9 pounds.

Further Reading. Gifford Alexander Cochran's brief and notable career as a producer began in 1932, when he and John Krimsky imported the highly acclaimed but controversial German film, "Maedchen in Uniform." The following year, they acquired rights from the author to film O'Neill's "The Emperor Jones," with Paul Robeson in the title role. The film was a distinguished success. A stage production, later that year, of the first English version of the Brecht-Weill operetta, "The Threepenny Opera," translated by Mr. Cochran and a colleague, was his last venture as a producer. He was born in New York City, December 4, 1906, the son of Gifford A. Cochran, '98, and Mabel Taylor Cochran, and was a graduate of St. Paul's in 1925 and Yale in 1929.
He had also studied art in Munich. A very talented water-colorist, he turned to painting, after his brief career as a producer, and had many exhibitions of his work. He was also the author of "Grandeur in Tennessee," a history of mansions in that state, illustrated with his architectural drawings and photographs, and "Henry Shelton Sanford," a biography of Lincoln's Minister to Belgium and chief European intelligence agent during the Civil War. His wide interests included the raising of Black Angus cattle and he was co-owner of the national champion bull of that breed-on a farm in North Salem, New York. During World War II, he served for three and a half years: in the civil affairs section of Allied Force Headquarters in Algiers, as an intelligence officer in the campaign for Southern France, and with the commander in chief in the Rhineland Campaign.As noted, Cochran had several exhibitions around the country. There is an article in the Friday February 28, 1958 edition of the Palm Beach Daily titled, Gifford Cochran Landscapes Are Well Received". Contents are as follows:"Art lovers whose taste runs to the emotional rather than the intellectual in art, should greet with pleasure the exhibition of paintings by Gifford Cochran, American watercolorist, which opened Thursday afternoon with a preview cocktail party at Gallery 14, with Alexander Kirkland, director, as host. The artist, son of Mrs. James C. Clark, of Palm Beach and his wife came from their ranch at Oviedo, Florida, for the opening. Their Summer home is in Maine, and last year, the current exhibition was shown at the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, Maine. Gifford Cochran has received outstanding recognition since his first painting was exhibited in 1939-40 at the Pavilion of Contemporary Arts at the New York World's Fair. He has exhibited in New York, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Oklahoma City, and this same exhibition here will be shown the last two weeks in May at the Burr Galleries in Manhattan. He has a permanent traveling show under the auspices of the Studio Guild that goes to schools and colleges.Before Hitler, he studied for several years in Germany under Hans Stangl, and after service in World War II remained for a time overseas, resuming his painting at that time. As the result of wartime shortages, it was at this time that he abandoned oil painting for watercolors.The exhibition is made up of 19 watercolors, primarily Florida and Maine landscapes, with still life, and flower and shell studies. All are eloquent testimonials to the artist's disinterest in the non-objective and abstract in art, his skill at depicting real life in terms of mood and atmosphere.

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