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Mid-Century Modern Paintings

Organically-shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern American furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

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Painting by Peter Keil, Red, Blue and White, Mid-Century Modern Art, C 1975
Located in New York, NY
Decorative painting by Peter Keil, circa 1975, in stock. Peter Robert Keil was born to an artist blacksmith father whom he lost very early in his childhood during the second world wa...
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1970s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Acrylic

1970s Brass Gold Frame Orange, Red and Yellow Sunset Pencil Signed Serigraph
Located in Chattanooga, TN
1970s brass gold frame orange, red and yellow sunset pencil signed serigraph. The perfect wall accent to any modern home.
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1980s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Metal

Gustavo Novoa Early 1960s Modern Naive Oil/Canvas Painting of a Group of Tigers
By Gustavo Novoa
Located in Miami, FL
Framed oil on canvas painting by noted artist Gustavo Novoa, of his trademark Tigers, signed lower left. Novoa was born in 1941 in Santiago, Chile. This painting is from the early 19...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Wood, Paint

Painting by Peter Keil, Mid-Century Modern Art, Black and White, C 1964, Art
Located in New York, NY
Peter Robert Keil was born to an artist blacksmith father whom he lost very early in his childhood during the Second World War during the end phase of the war, Keil's mother, also an...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Acrylic

Early 20th Century Palmedes Painting in Wooden Frame
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Painting by Palmedes, circa early 20th century. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. The wooden frame has some minor l...
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Early 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Wood

Acid-Etched and Oxidized Brass Panel by Bernhard Rohne, 1970s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Bernhard Rohne, a German-born artist active in Canada since the 1960s, evolved a singular calligraphic style which depended heavily on his unusual technique: Rohne painted with acid ...
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1970s Canadian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Brass

Painting by Peter Keil, Mid-Century Modern Art, Black and White, circa 1957
Located in New York, NY
Peter Robert Keil was born to an artist blacksmith father whom he lost very early in his childhood during the Second World War. During the end phase of the war, Keil's mother, also a...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Acrylic

Jack Justice Painting #8
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Jack T. Justice (born 1941) was a student and follower of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Justice worked with Lloyd Wright, son of Frank, along with Bruce Goff, Wright's disciple and c...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Acrylic

Jack Justice Painting #7 '1966'
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Jack T. Justice (born 1941) was a student and follower of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Justice worked with Lloyd Wright, son of Frank, along with Bruce Goff, Wright's disciple and c...
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1960s North American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Acrylic

Jack Justice Painting #6
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Jack T. Justice (born 1941) was a student and follower of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Justice worked with Lloyd Wright, son of Frank, along with Bruce Goff, Wright's disciple and c...
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1960s North American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Acrylic

Jack Justice Painting #5 'horizontal'
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Jack T. Justice (born 1941) was a student and follower of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Justice worked with Lloyd Wright, son of Frank, along with Bruce Goff, Wright's disciple and c...
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1960s North American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Acrylic

Jack Justice Round Painting #4
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Jack T. Justice (born 1941) was a student and follower of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Justice worked with Lloyd Wright, son of Frank, along with Bruce Goff, Wright's disciple and c...
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1960s North American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Acrylic

Jack Justice Painting #3
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Jack T. Justice (born 1941) was a student and follower of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Justice worked with Lloyd Wright, son of Frank, along with Bruce Goff, Wright's disciple and c...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Acrylic

Jack Justice Painting #2
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Jack T. Justice (born 1941) was a student and follower of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Justice worked with Lloyd Wright, son of Frank, along with Bruce Goff, Wright's disciple and c...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Acrylic

Jack Justice Hard Edge Painting #1
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Jack T. Justice (born 1941) was a student and follower of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Justice worked with Lloyd Wright, son of Frank, along with Bruce Goff, Wright's disciple and c...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Acrylic

Charles Levier Painting
Located in New York, NY
Charles Levier oil on canvas, original singed. Size unframed 20 x 24, period 1960. Painting is in very good condition. This work embraces his iconic Female figures with hollow eyes c...
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas

Painting by Peter Keil, Mid-Century Modern Art, circa 1959, "Picasso", Art
Located in New York, NY
Large painting of Picasso by Peter Keil, circa 1959, Germany. We gave it a new beautiful liner and frame. Peter Robert Keil was born to an artist blacksmith father whom he lost very...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Lacquer

Still Life with Italian Bowl, Life Mask, Peach and iPod, Original Oil Painting
Located in Chicago, IL
This still life painting on panel captures a variety of objects. Among the objects depicted are a beautiful venetian glass bowl, a cup of Italian gelato, a ripe peach, a white life m...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Paint

Orig Pre-War Beach Polynesian Beauty Oil Painting on Velvet, Roger Towler Tahiti
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Original late 1930s/1940s Polynesian beauty portrait oil painting on velvet signed "Roger Fowler, Tahiti" Fowler's paintings were sold at Don The Beachcombers restaurant in Huntin...
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1940s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Velvet

Mid-Century Acrylic Blue Cubist Style Painting on Canvas Signed Redfearn
Located in Los Angeles, CA
In the style of cubism, a still like with a stunning blue palette depicting fruit, bottles and flowers. The acrylic on canvas painting compliments many spaces and especially those wi...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic, Wood, Giltwood

Orig Pre-War Beach Polynesian Girl Oil Painting on Velvet, Roger Towler, Tahiti
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Original late 1930s/1940s Polynesian girl on beach oil painting on velvet signed "Roger Fowler, Tahiti" Fowler's paintings were sold at Don The Beachcombers restaurant in Huntingt...
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1940s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Velvet

Mid-Century Modern Oil Painting, Portrait of Boy by Robert Rukavina, circa 1948
By Robert Rukavina
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Vintage portrait of a young boy wearing a striped red shirt with blue argyle sweater. Oil on canvas painting by artist Robert Rukavina (1914-1977), who lived in the United States and...
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1940s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Reclaimed Wood, Paint

Painting by Bernadette de Samois
Located in Saint-Ouen (PARIS), FR
Abstract painting on canvas signed by the french artists Bernadette de Samois (1987). France, 2021.
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2010s French Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas

Peter Keil Oil on Board Abstract Painting Custom Framed Signed, 1960s
Located in North Miami, FL
This wonderful abstract vintage painting has influences of Miro and his painterly strokes and gestures of paint in abstract form. The background is tan with stokes of black dark gray...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Linen, Wood

French Cubist Oil on Canvas Signed Roger Carle
Located in Houston, TX
Large French midcentury cubist oil on canvas signed Roger Carle. This striking colorful cubist painting has a bold color palette and dates to the 1960s. Perfect size for over a cons...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas

Martin Rosenthal Abstract Orange, Blue, Green Oil on Paper Custom Framed Vintage
Located in North Miami, FL
This wonderful and colorful vertical abstract signed and dated oil on paper by Martin Rosenthal 1968 has newly been custom framed in a light wood frame to compliment the multitude of...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Linen, Wood, Paint, Paper

D Puertas Abstract Expressionist Painting in Red Blue and Yellow
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Masterfully rich abstract expressionist painting by D. Puertas, 2006. Bold strokes create a heavily layered and dynamic composition. The gestural strokes capture an explosive energy ...
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Wood, Paint

Original Pre-War Beach Polynesian Oil Painting on Velvet by Roger Fowler, Tahiti
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Original late 1930s/1940s beach polynesian girl oil painting on velvet signed "Roger Fowler, Tahiti" Fowler's paintings were sold at Don The Beachcombers restaurant in Huntington ...
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1940s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Velvet

Immense Original Signed Douglas Eisman Signed Painting in Lucite and Brass Frame
Located in West Hartford, CT
Stunning original Douglas Eisman painting in one of a kind heavy lucite and brass frame. This is a large piece measuring 74" wide by 45" tall. Belongs in a museum.
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1980s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Framed Abstract Oil Painting on Canvas Signed Mitch 1970s
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a wonderful, framed, abstract oil on canvas painting, signed Mitch, dated 1971. In excellent vintage condition. The dimensions are 29" W x 34" H.
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1970s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas

Midcentury Abstract Oil Painting on Canvas
Located in Houston, TX
Colorful Mid-Century Modern abstract impasto oil painting on canvas. This stunning square decorative oil painting measures 30" x 30" and dates to the 1970s. Though unsigned, it is th...
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1970s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas, Paint

One 1979 Mattioli Italian Design Drawing for a Modern Red Desk Light Project
Located in New York, NY
Dated mid-20th century industrial hand drawing, highly collectible Italian modern Product Design for a lacquer red desk light project, realized without a ruler in pastels and gouache...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Paper, Crayon, Paint

Mid-Century Modern Framed Abstract Oil Painting on Canvas Signed Mable Moss 60s
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a stunning, framed, abstract oil on canvas painting, signed by Mable Moss, circa the 1960s. In very good vintage condition. The dimensions are 24.5" W x 30....
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas

Ornate Gilt Framed Oil Painting Floral Bouquet Still Life Signed G. Boncinelli
Located in Miami, FL
Large ornate gilt wood framed oil on board painting floral bouquet still life by Italian Artist G. Boncinelli dated 1966. Skillfully applied textured flowers in a vase with rich dee...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Wood, Wood, Paint

Painting by Peter Keil, C 1959, Modern Mid-Century Art, Red, Green & Brown, Art
Located in New York, NY
Colorful decorative painting by Peter Keil, circa 1959, Germany. Peter Robert Keil was born to an artist blacksmith father whom he lost very early in his childhood during the Second...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Acrylic

Painting, Signed Gunter, circa 1969, MidCentury, Green and Blue Color, "Dancers"
Located in New York, NY
Decorative painting, signed Gunter, 1969. Four young ladies dancing. Framed in a beautiful linen matting and gold frame.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Acrylic

Painting, Signed, Midcentury Art, Green, Red and Taupe Colors, circa 1950, Art
Located in New York, NY
Decorative painting of a young lady, midcentury. Signed. Very good condition, circa 1950.
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Acrylic

Mid Century Watercolor Drawing, Industrial / Architectural Theme
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
A super watercolour by an unknown artist Circa1960 Great colours. On paper laid on to card Unframed.  
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1960s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Paper

Midcentury Figural Abstract Painting
By Lynn Chadwick
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Wonderful figural abstract painting. Artist unknown. In the style of the very fashionable artist Lynn Chadwick Lovely bright colors. Gouache on card. Presented in an 1...
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1950s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Paper

Stylized Male Nude by A. C Taylor, 1950s
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great stylized male nude in the manner of Keith Vaughan. Oil on board. Unframed Signed bottom right.  
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1950s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Wood

Figure in an Abstract Landscape, A. C. Taylor, circa 1950
By B.C. Taylor
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great painting of a figure in an abstract landscape By Yorkshire artist A. C. Taylor. In the style of Keith Vaughan. Wonderful green colors Original painted frame Oil on...
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1950s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Wood

Mid Century Watercolor Drawing, Industrial / Architectural Theme
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
A super watercolour by an unknown artist, C.1960 Great colours. On artists board Unframed.   
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1960s English Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Paper

Large Mid Century Modern Abstract by J.Keane
Located in Redding, CT
Large abstract Mid Century Modern painting by J. Keane. Heavy impasto with colors of white gold and yellow.
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas, Wood, Paint

Large Abstract Oil on Canvas by Lee Reynolds Burr For Vanguard Studios
Located in Redding, CT
Large abstract oil on canvas by Lee Reynolds Burr for Vanguard Studios. Heavy impasto abstract canvas with fire engine reds, black, white and yellow. Framed in a chrome 1970s frame.
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Chrome

Mid Century Abstract in Primary Colors
Located in Redding, CT
Mid Century abstract in primary colors. Perfect pop of color for that empty wall. Red, blue, yellow and orange oil on canvas. Unsigned. This item can parcel ship. Please request exac...
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1970s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas, Wood, Paint

Signed Mid Century Modern Abstract of Sailboats
Located in Redding, CT
Signed Mid Century Modern abstract of sailboats. Signed by Silvermine Guild CT artist Ethel Renek.
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas, Wood, Paint

Signed Mid Century Modern Portrait of a Woman
Located in Redding, CT
Signed Mid Century Modern portrait of a woman. Illegible signature.
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas, Wood, Paint

Mid Century Still Life on Board Signed Timmons
Located in Redding, CT
Mid century still life on board signed Timmons. Rich colors of blue and red and pink make up this composition. The composition consists of fruit in a pedestal bowl and the detailed ...
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1950s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Paint, Wood, Masonite

Acrylic Painting on Canvas of Two Parrots in the Rain
By Jessica Rice
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Mid century acrylic painting on canvas of two parrots in a tree with rain drops executed with bold tropical colors and a sense of movement. One can almost hear this painting. Signed ...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Acrylic

Gouache Informel in Black, Orange and Yellow Lines by Erwin Schott, Munich 1950s
Located in Salzburg, AT
Erwin Schott (1913-1987, Munich) Artist group ZEN 49 (ZEN 49 Group of the non-objective - founded after the 2nd World War) Gouache Informel / oil paint on thick paper, ca. 1958 - es...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Glass, Wood, Paper

Abstract Modernist Painting by French Artist Jeanick Bouys
By Jeanick Bouys
Located in Peabody, MA
Measure: Large (52.75" x 42.5") abstract painting by noted French artist Jeanick Bouys, titled "No. 211" and dated 1983.
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1980s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas, Paint

Don Micklethwaite Boats in a Harbour at Low Tide Watercolor on Paper British
Located in Montreal, QC
Watercolor on paper, signed Don Micklethwaite on recto (bottom left), framed size 26”l x 22”w x 1”d; unframed size 14” x 9”. Boats in a Harbour at Low Tide. British Artist Don Mickle...
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Late 20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Paper

Don Micklethwaite Boats in a Harbour Watercolor on Paper British
Located in Montreal, QC
Watercolor on paper, signed Don Micklethwaite on recto (bottom left), framed size 26” L x 22” W x 1” D; unframed size 14” x 9”. Boats in a Harbour. British Artist Don Micklethwaite b...
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Late 20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Paper

1960s John Pellerano Herbie Mann Culture in Harlem Musicians Watercolor Jazz MCM
Located in Dayton, OH
"Vintage watercolor painting by John Pellerano featuring the Herbie Mann group from their apperance on the TV show Culture in Harlem. John A. Pellerano (1928 - 1990) was active/li...
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Paint, Paper

Chamberlain Signed Watercolor Mid-Century Modern Custom Museum Framed
Located in North Miami, FL
This vintage signed original one of a kind watercolor by Chamberlain and dated 1960 has a real sensuality to it. This has been tastefully and beautifully museum reframed with a deep ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Silver Leaf

Large Abstract "Arial" Painting Signed Suzuki
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A large abstract oil on canvas in original frame. The work is reminiscent of an arial photograph showing the topography or the ocean. It is signed Suzuki and dated 1978. The brushwor...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas

Midcentury Texas Oil on Canvas by Gary Minkert
By Gary Minkert
Located in Houston, TX
Gorgeous oil on canvas by Gary Minkert titled "Paths In Space", circa 1959. J. Gary Minkert, "MINK," (10 June 1910-22 July 1969) was a Texas artist, sign painter, art instructor,...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas

Midcentury Abstract Oil on Canvas
Located in Houston, TX
Great midcentury abstract oil painting on canvas. This well painted contemporary canvas is even more gorgeous in person.
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1960s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Paintings

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Canvas, Paint