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    WALTER GAY (American, 1856-1937)
    Sweet Peas
    Oil on black lacquered wooden panel
    17-1/4 x 6-1/2 inches (43.8 x 16.5 cm)
    Signed lower right: Walter Gay

    THE JEAN AND GRAHAM DEVOE WILLIFORD CHARITABLE TRUST


    Graham Williford loved the work of Walter Gay, an American expatriate painter who lived in France for most of his life. He is well known for two subjects: interior scenes of elegant eighteenth-century French buildings (usually the Gays' own or those of their friends), and still lifes in emulation of the Japanese manner. The present painting is a fine example of Gay's approach to the latter which was to isolate a spray of flowers without a vase against a black lacquered ground that is tall and attenuated like the panel of a Japanese screen. The artist presents just a few sprigs of sweet peas in various stages of bloom from almost pure white, to delicate pink, to a much deeper pink as the blossoms open fully and begin to age. In Gays' work there is almost a poetic whiff of time passing.

    Gay was married to a wealthy woman whose fortune afforded the couple a lavish expatriate lifestyle in France. With a retinue of about twenty servants, Walter and Matilda Gay maintained two French residences: an eighteenth-century apartment on the Left Bank in Paris where they lived from January through April, and a chateau in the countryside at le Breau, near Fontainebleau, which became quite a showplace and where they entertained extensively. There they had 300 acres of grounds to roam. However, during World War II, when Matilda was living there as a widow, German soldiers occupied the chateau, ruining much of the structure. She was virtually a prisoner there, and the chateau was torn down in 1971.


    Condition Report*: Under UV no evidence of any restoration. Very good condition.Framed in a stunning Aesthetic period frame.
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    May, 2013
    11th Saturday
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