This is an original oil landscape painting on board by the Minnesota WPA artist John Martin Socha. This painting shows the smooth minimalist brush strokes that Mr. Socha is known for. The painting is titled ‘Three Sentinels’. The painting is not signed on the front, although the back has “Three Sentinels by John Martin Socha Acrylic” written on it.
This measures 18 3/4 inches by 13 inches in total, with the painting itself being 16 x 10 inches. The painting and frame are original to each other and are in good condition.
Here is some information that I found regarding this artist.
John Martin Socha (1913-1983) was a Works Progress Administration (WPA) supported Minnesota artist during the Depression of the 1930s. Well regarded by fellow WPA artists of the time, Socha’s works were based on personal interviews with pioneers, as well as his intimate knowledge of the region.
As a teenager, Socha studied in Mexico with world-renowned artist Diego Rivera. Rivera’s influence on Socha can be clearly seen in the large murals Socha painted in public buildings throughout Minnesota as part of the WPA program.
Socha’s work can be found in the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.