Albert Ernest (A.E.) Backus oil painting of a sailboat on board attracted the Florida art collectors on July 30th. Albert "Beanie" Backus (American, 1906 - 1995) is perhaps the most well known Florida Landscape artist to ever live. Original Backus paintings continue to attract the collectors and command great value in the market. This particular Backus oil painting of a sailboat would have been one of his many Caribbean works, as Backus had enormous love for the Caribbean and spent a great deal of time at his second home in Jamaica. Collectors were delighted to have this painting brought to market, with an Internet bidding adding it to his collection for $9105 (inclusive of buyers premium).
Backus was primarily a self-taught painter who cut his teeth as an early commercial painter of signs, billboards and movie marquees. From there he progressed to landscape paintings, where over the years he refined his art from palette and knife to more brush work. His paintings were known for coming to life and captivating the viewer.
ALBERT E. BACKUS - OIL ON BOARD PAINTING SAILBOAT
Albert Ernest "Bean" Backus (American 1906 - 1991). Painting of a sailboat. One of his “Caribbean” paintings. Known as the "Dean of Florida painters" and the man who began the story of the African American Highwaymen painters, Backus was responsible for teaching and mentoring Al Hair who, in turn, taught the others. Some of the original Florida Highwaymen are still painting today. This painting depicts a small sail boat at sea, signed bottom right.
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