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Carolyn Shine Signed Oil on Board Abstract Painting of Boats


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A mid-century oil on board painting of boats signed by American artist Carolyn Shine (1918-2019). The painting depicts three gray boats resting in deep cobalt blue water that borders an abstract white bridge. The painting is signed to the lower right corner and presented in a black wood frame. 

Born in Cincinnati, Carolyn R. Shine graduated from Bryn Mawr College and also studied at the Cincinnati Art Academy. She actively took part in exhibiting her work during the late 1940s and early 50s including shows at the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Women’s Art Club of Cincinnati. During the 50s, Shine became an assistant to the director of Cincinnati’s Modern Art Society, which later became the Contemporary Arts Center. She later left the Modern Art Society to become the registrar at the Cincinnati Art Museum, a position that eventually led her to become the first curator of the Costume Department at the museum. Shine’s works tend toward abstraction with a particular interest in city scenes.


37” x 18.5” x 2” (frame).

Condition notes:

Age appropriate wear. There are some chips to the paint around the edges. Minor wear to the frame. Some craquelure present. There are some holes in the board.

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