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Rag Rug
re: Harry Engel - Rag Rug (artwork #3880)

Harry Engel (1901-1968)

Rag Rug (1940)

Oil on Board
30 x 24 inches
Signed Lower Right

This painting was featured in our weekly email on 9/5/13 along with the following gallery comments:

Harry Engel enjoyed a 42 year career as a professor of painting at Indiana University in Bloomington and counted among his friends such noted art luminaries as Thomas Hart Benton, Robert Laski, Robert Motherwell , John-Paul Darriau and many others. His watercolor work tends to be traditional and representational. Yet his oils and encaustic pieces are fantastic abstractions featuring bold elements, screwed perspectives and often verge entirely into abstract expressionism. Rag Rug, which was exhibited in a 1971 IU retrospective of his work, is a classic example of his oil technique with the stilted interior and the playful treatment of the central figure and of course, that rug. Engel was vastly prolific and it’s somewhat of a mystery to me where his paintings are hiding. Though we’ve had a handful, I anticipate over time more will find their way to market and significantly raise the profile of Harry Engel – a true Hoosier treasure.

–Curt Churchman, Fine Estate Art

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