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Melvin Miller

(Canadian / American, 1937-2007)
Eden Mill Realism Oil Painting

Melvin Miller Oil Painting Eden Mill


Oil on Canvas
12 x 16
Signed (lower right) Melvin Miller 1970

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Original Image:
What I saw on-line when I first bid on this item
Original on-line purchase price: $225.00
Purchase Source: eBay.com

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Key Lesson:
Subject matter can add value to an artwork

Art & Artist Information

Description of Art
Oil on canvas , 12 x 16, signed (lower right): Melvin Miller and dated 1970. Titled "Eden Mill" on the reverse stretcher board.

Artist Information
Melvin Miller (1889-1984, American)  
Melvin O. Miller was associated with a highly skilled group of Maryland artists known as the "6 Realists of Baltimore" 1961 - 1963. Born in Baltimore in 1937, Miller graduated from the Maryland Institute of Art in 1959. As a student of Jacques Maroger, Ann D. Schuler, and Earl Hofmann, he became interested in the mediums and techniques of the 15th - 18th century Flemish and Italian Masters. The Maryland Institute of Art awarded him an honorary BFA degree in 1996.
Hs favorite painting subjects included Baltimore and European cityscapes plus maritime subjects like tugboats. Regionally, he was sometimes called, "the Canaletto of Baltimore."


Lesson: Subject Matter Can Add Value to an Artwork


As a general rule, the most valuable & desired paintings by any artist are rooted within an artist’s noted arena of collectability.

Artwork with historical value
Melvin Miller was part of a skilled group of Maryland artists known as the Baltimore realists. He was known for creating paintings of area tugboats, trains & indigenous scenery with a realist style of the ld masters. As a general rule, the most valuable & desired paintings by any artist is rooted in their noted area of collectible. However, there are exceptions.
Eden Mill was first built in the 1800's and over time was operated as both a mill & as a power plant. Today, it is a thriving nature center. This artwork, rendered in 1970 - is a compelling historical view of the structure before it was fully renovated.
Link to Eden Mill web site
A Title Leads to Discovery:

However, there are exceptions.
On occasion, a well-listed artist like Miller will paint a scene of some historical significance like this one titled: “Eden Mill”.
Eden Mill was first built in the 1800's and over time was operated as both a mill & as a power plant. Today, it is a thriving nature center situated amongst a thriving art community. This particular artwork, rendered in 1970 - offers a compelling historical view of that structure
before it was fully renovated. Because of that center’s renewed popularity, I’ve been offered many times my purchase price for this piece from dealers in that area.
You never know where you might discover additional value in your collected artworks. Ongoing detective work is not only educational: it can reap profits!
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