Arnold Turtle

French Quarter Scene (New Orleans), 1936
17 x 18 in
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While his name is not as well-known as certain other classic New Orleans artists, Arnold Turtle is highly regarded and his work is prized by connoisseurs. His scenes of the New Orleans French Quarter are among the most evocative and beautiful ever done - this one being a perfect example. At the time this was painted, the French Quarter was a run-down area inhabited by bohemians and artists; this would have been in the WPA era. 17" x 18" framed, image itself is 8" x 5". Nicely framed behind UV glass; you might decide to change out the white mat as some specks have crept inside. The following biography comes from the web site of Palette and Chisel, as posted on AskArt: Turtle was born in Birmingham, England. As a young man, Turtle was intensely interested in musical composition, and he financed his studies in music by selling his paintings. He soon realized that musical composition did not assure recognition or financial reward, so he entered the world of commerce. In 1922, he joined his relatives in the United States, where he worked as an accountant. Turtle found that he could not ignore his growing artistic urge, and he decided to study fine art, attending facilities that offered weekend and night courses at the Art Institute of Chicago and The Chicago Fine Arts Academy. Later, he joined The Palette & Chisel where he received constant support and recognition. In 1929 his initial exhibit received excellent critical reviews and almost all of his paintings sold promptly. Critics drew attention to the quality of music in his use of color. Acquisitions have been made by state institutions of Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Iowa and California.