Saturday, April 22, 2017
New Deal Lighthouse Art (5/5): Landscape with lighthouse
Above: This oil painting of a landscape with a lighthouse was made by Tode Brower, while he was in the New Deal's Public Works of Art Project, 1934. There doesn't seem to be much information about Brower on the Internet; however, a few sources list his lifespan as 1898-1974. I found a newspaper obituary for January 18, 1974 that reads: "A former resident of Plainfield, [New Jersey], Lorenzo D. (Tode) Brower, Jr., 76, died Wednesday... in the Veterans Hospital in Albany... He was an artist and made his home in Bearsville... He served in the Coastguard in World War I... He and Mrs. [Jo Cantine] Brower have exhibited their work in Woodstock galleries ("L. Brower Jr.," The Courier-News (Bridgewater, New Jersey), January 18, 1974). Image courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Above: A closer look at the lighthouse section of the painting.