A. Smith (American 19??-19??) Untitled (boxers), oil on board, 25 x 21 inches, c. 1960, signed in the lower left “A. Smith” which may refer to the painter and illustrator Arthur M. Smith (1897-1972) who was born in New York City and active in the 1930s and 40s, and known to have painted covers for “Liberty” magazine and “Boys’ Life” in the manner of Norman Rockwell.
Many WPA style paintings signed A. Smith (similar to this one and clearly by the same hand) have come to light in the last 20 years, where they have garnered interest and sold at various East Coast flea markets (notably the Brimfield Antique Show in Massachusetts), and reputable auction houses around the country. A. Smith is known for painting boxing fights as well as labor riots, vaudeville and circus scenes, baseball players, and nudes. Most of his paintings are done in a looser style (than Arthur Smith, the illustrator) on masonite and appear to be from the 1950s and 60s.
This is a beautifully expressive painting rendered with great skill.
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