House in New Hope
It is often the case that artists’ sketches turn out to be some of their most compelling work. Perhaps because they are usually done quickly and instinctively, they avoid the pitfall of over-thinking and belaboring elements of the picture. The Stanley Laurence Reckless oil sketches are great examples of how an artist, incorporating unpainted sections of the board and using only a few daubs of paint can create a fully developed composition. Though small, these are marvelous paintings.
It is increasingly difficult to buy truly good examples of early twentieth century American art at reasonable prices. These paintings provide an opportunity to own fine examples of a recognized Pennsylvania impressionist artist for an amount that won’t require a second mortgage. They are in excellent condition and are in fine period frames.