This is a 1956 oil painting by noted artist Marvin Montvel Cohen AKA Monty of Guam. It is signed and dated 1956.
During the 1970’s and early 1980’s, one of the island’s foremost art critics as well as being an established artist in his own right was the late Marvin “Monty” Montvel-Cohen.
Through his writings and association with the University of Guam, Montvel-Cohen paved the way for many self-taught contemporary painters and emerging artists alike returning from abroad after receiving a westernized style of art training. Many contemporary Pacific island artists gained exposure and popularity from his published art reviews in the Pacific Daily News.
Artists such as Adriano Pangelinan continue to carry on Montvel-Cohen’s stylistic tendencies through his Fauve-like color scheme intermingled with imagery rich in depicting the island’s cultural traditions.
Other frontrunners during this prolific period included David Sablan, Jon Medina, Jose Babauta, Ron Castro, Arman Germar and batik painter Judy Flores, who early on were some of Guam’s most sought after artists.
A clipping from the Pacific Daily News, a Guam newspaper, shows that Marvin Montvel-Cohen died in February, 1991.
This magnificent painting is (I believe) in the original frame with glass, unopened since 1956. It is a larger piece, suitable for an open livingroom or hall area.
I remember large open homes when I lived in the Virgin Islands, this would do well in that setting, as well as a warm reminder for those of you in Colorado or New England.
It measures overall about 28" by 38" in the frame and the painting itself is about 26" by 36" measured from the back of the frame.
The painting itself has been well protected all these years by the glass and the seal on the back. The colors are not faded, they are bright and fresh. Truly a work of art.
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