CHARLES P. KILLGORE (AMERICAN, 1889-1979) COASTAL LANDSCAPE PAINTING, oil on board, a fine depiction of the iconic California coast near Carmel. Signed lower right. Original artist/gallery label for "Chicago Galleries Association" verso inscribed "Charles P. Killgore / Carmel / $100". Housed under glass in period, possibly original, Arts and Crafts frame. Second quarter 20th century. 15 1/2" x 19 1/2" sight, 23" x 27" OA. Provenance: Property of a Virginia private collector. Catalogue Note: Born in Huntington, West Virginia, artist Charles P. Killgore (1889-1979) graduated from Marshall College and went on to study at the Art Institute of Chicago. With America's entrance in WWI, Killgore enlisted and served in the camouflage corps. At one point during his service while stationed in Washington, D. C., he worked camouflaging canons alongside fellow artists, Grant Wood and Orrin White. After the war, Killgore returned to the Windy City and began work with the Chicago Tribune, where he stayed for the next forty-three years.
Charles Killgore traveled extensively during his lifetime, often painting the landscapes he visited. The American West was one of his favorite destinations, particularly California, where he would visit his friend Orrin White in Pasadena. The present example by Killgore, a lovely depiction of the California coast near Carmel, was undoubtedly the product of one of the artist's Western excursions.
Excellent condition with minor craquelure. Frame with old repaint.