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Justin McCarthy: Rachmaninoff Concerto,1962-1963. Oil on Formica; 26-1/2 x 42 in. (67.3 x 106.7 cm). Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center, Williamsburg.

Born May 13, 1892, Weatherly, Pennsylvania. Died July 14, 1977, Tucson, Arizona. Through his paintings and drawings Justin McCarthy commented on the lifestyles and interests of the people of his time. He portrayed popular figures, movie stars, sports heroes, high fashion figures, and everyday people, all without glamour or glitter and with a sparkling sense of humor. The artist was as eclectic in his choice of materials as he was in his subject matter.

The legend of Justin McCarthy--the recluse who lived in a decaying mansion next door to Tweedle Park in Weatherly, Pennsylvania, and painted his way into an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art--is a matter of history. McCarthy was one of the most famous artist members of the so-called Strauser Circle (he was discovered by Sterling Strausers wife Dorothy at an outdoor show in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania), and his reputation as a painter continues to grow.


Justin McCarthy: Rachmaninoff Concerto,1962-1963. Oil on Formica; 26-1/2 x 42 in. (67.3 x 106.7 cm). Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center, Williamsburg.Born May 13, 1892, Weatherly, Pennsylvania. Died July 14, 1977, Tucson, Arizona. Through his paintings and drawings Justin McCarthy commented on the lifestyles and interests of the people of his time. He portrayed popular figures, movie stars, sports heroes, high fashion figures, and everyday people, all without glamour or glitter and with a sparkling sense of humor. The artist was as eclectic in his choice of materials as he was in his subject matter.The legend of Justin McCarthy--the recluse who lived in a decaying mansion next door to Tweedle Park in Weatherly, Pennsylvania, and painted his way into an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art--is a matter of history. McCarthy was one of the most famous artist members of the so-called Strauser Circle (he was discovered by Sterling Strausers wife Dorothy at an outdoor show in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania), and his reputation as a painter continues to grow.