WPA, New Deal Era 1930's Oil on Canvas - Listed Artist Reima Ratti
An original WPA New Deal era oil on canvas by listed artist Reima Ratti (1914-1945). We love the people in the painting gazing out to shore. The painting is signed by the artist with his initials "RR" in the lower left corner. Condition is good. The surface of the painting is not flaked, but has unpainted spots with the canvas ground showing through. This appears to be an intentional look. There are a few paint chips in the upper left tree. Some wear to paintings edges.
The canvas is not stretched on a wood frame. Evidence of small pin pricks on corners where the artist may have held the canvas to a wall or easel. The painting should be mounted to a more stable surface and framed.
During his short life, Ratti produced an impressive amount of sketches and paintings of landscapes and people. The son of Finnish immigrants, Ratti's passion for art developed in high school. In 1935, Ratti was appointed the camp artist for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) at Camp Estabrook near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is listed in the published book Who Was Who in American Art and in Davenports Art Reference and He lived in both Milwaukee , Wisconsin and in Waukegan , IL. He also did mural designs.