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A quirky 1960's American Outsider watercolor and graphite painting on paper depicting a ventriloquist and his girl dummy in performance. We see these sticklike figures with rather ghoulish odd expressions, enjoying their gig while providing amusement to their audience. This painting also shows that this act probably walked right in from outside to the stage. His coat has been slung over the other chair, and his hat and gloves are on the floor. The dummy suitcase is beside him on the floor also. This painting has an interesting subject matter and is amusing showing the naiveté of a self-taught artist.
Picture gilt frame measures 19½" across by 15½" high. Unsigned.
Provenance: The Ames Gallery.