Charles E. Willette (1895 or 1899-1979) Untitled (two bathing female figures), oil on board, 21 1/2 x 27 inches, estate label on reverse (“estate of Charles E. Willette”), c. 1955.
Charles Willette studied at the Art Students League in New York City in the mid-1930s (with Raphael Soyer, Morris Cantor, and Robert Brackman) and at the Brooklyn Museum of Art School. He was the chief commercial artist for the Whelan Drug Company in New York City. Later he lived in Maine where he was an active member of the Waldo Maine County Artists. Willette’s exhibited at Ross Art Gallery, Newark; Maine State House, Augusta; Arthur U. Newton Galleries, NYC; and Opus 71, Hollis NH.
This painting excites with its luscious paint application and blending of rich tones.