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    THOMAS HOVENDEN (American, 1840-1895)
    What O'Clock Is It?, 1878
    Oil on canvas
    38 x 53 inches (96.5 x 134.6 cm)
    Signed lower left: THovenden
    Inscribed and dated lower right: Bretagne 1878

    One of Thomas Hovenden's most important paintings, What O'Clock is It? debuted at the National Academy of Design in 1879 and subsequently belonged to the collection of the Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, New York. In this tender portrait of a Breton girl playing a flower game - after blowing a dandelion, one can tell the time of day by counting the remaining number of seeds - Hovenden demonstrates his masterful Impressionist technique, both in the lacey background foliage and in the carefully flecked field of flowers. In addition, he celebrates the Breton girl as an individual engaged in thought, rather than as a picturesque costumed character.

    Born in Dunmanway, County Cork, Ireland, Hovenden immigrated to New York in 1863 and attended the National Academy of Design. In 1874 he studied in Paris with the academic painter Alexandre Cabanel, before settling in Philadelphia and assuming a teaching post at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. His most famous genre painting, The Last Moments of John Brown, belongs to the collection of the Metropolitan Museum, New York. Other museums featuring Hovenden's paintings include the Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan; Philadelphia Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Fine Art; and Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven.


    Condition Report*: Very good condition; original paint surface, lined. Framed Dimensions 54.5 X 69 Inches
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    May, 2012
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