West Indian Ruins O/C by Robert Eugene (Gene) Otto - Paranormal History?
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Original and fine, Robert Eugene Otto oil on canvas painting of a landscape with boats and a hut. Signed and dated by the artist Gene Otto, 1945. Frame has a plaque with the name of artist and title "West Indian Ruins". Frame measures 24" long x 20" tall (canvas is 19" long x 15" tall). Condition is very good, with a couple very light / minor professional repairs to canvas. Framed in a vintage custom-made scrolled wood frame. Offered for a low opening bid and no reserve. Please refer to my photos and feel free to contact me with any questions you may have on this or any of my other listings. Thank you.
About the artist: Robert Eugene Otto, nicknamed Gene, was born into an affluent family in Key West in October of 1900. The father, a physician, maintained the family home at 524 Eaton Street with the assistance of servants from the Bahamas and the Caribbean. Gene, an only child, was cared for by a woman who loved the boy as if he were her own and gifted him with a straw-filled doll made in his likeness. The doll was given Gene's own first name, Robert. Now the story gets murky--- perhaps servants were ill-treated, perhaps voodoo was invoked, who knows for sure? But things were certainly odd between the boy and his doll. The two would be seen about town in their matching sailor uniforms, accompanied by the help. Each night... read more