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J. Harold Noecker, (Illinois; 1912-2002), Sun and Shadows, Oil on masonite, 24" x 30"
Estimate: $2,000.00 - $3,000.00
J. Harold Noecker
Sun and Shadows
Oil on masonite
c. 1940. Signed.
A painter whose work was rediscovered in the late 20th century, Harold Noecker was born in Urbana, Illinois and remained active in Chicago as a painter in the 1930s and 1940s. He took art classes at the Chicago Academy of Fine Art and was trained as an architect at the University of Illinois.
Noecker's painting style was both surrealistic and realistic, combining familiar objects in ways that are ultimately haunting and enigmatic. It is likely that because of the closeness of his style to Gertrude Abercrombie, a surrealist, they shared a joint exhibition in 1944 at the Chicago Art Institute in an area reserved for exhibitions of local artists. Reviewer Frank Holland in the "Chicago Sun Times", May 21, 1944, described the two artists as "well-known Chicago painters" who created "haunting eerie pictures that have a curious dreamlike other-worldness about them."
Exhibition venues of Noecker's work in addition to the Art Institute were the Milwaukee Art Institute, the 1964 World's Fair in New York, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.
24" x 30"