DescriptionHARRY HERMAN ROSELAND (American 1866-1950)
Sunshine and Rain: Two Babies
Oil on canvas 18.5in. x 13.75in. (sight size)
Signed lower left: Harry Roseland
Old Sears and Roebuck label on verso inscribed: Harry Roseland/ [S]unshine and Rai[n]
Provenance: Butterfield's December 8, 1998, lot 1814
Harry Herman Roseland was one of America's most notable painters of genre scenes during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1868, he lived and worked in Brooklyn for his entire career. He studied art under Thomas Eakins, Charles Beckwith and J. B. Whittaker in Brooklyn. He first painted landscapes and still lifes, but his natural penchant was for narrative genre painting. He was known for his sentimental subjects heavily influenced by fashionable taste, such as smartly dressed young women, old folks, idealized farm scenes, and post-Civil War African Americans.
Roseland never left his native Brooklyn, and he died in New York in 1950, but enjoyed a remarkable success as an artist in his chosen specialty, continually improving and maturing. The epitome of the independent American artist, Roseland never traveled to Europe to study or observe, choosing to carve his own path. He exhibited his paintings at the Brooklyn Art Club, 1888 (gold), Boston Art Club 1900 (medal), 1904 (gold), Charleston Expo, 1902 (medal), National Academy of Design, 1898 (prize), Brooklyn Society of Artists, 1930 (prize), American Art Society, Philadelphia, 1902 (medal), 1907 (gold), Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Roseland was a member of the Brooklyn Arts Club, Brooklyn Society of Artists, Brooklyn Painters Society, and the Salmagundi Club. His paintings are housed in public collections, including the Huntington Art Museum, Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, Brooklyn Museums, Charleston Art Museum, and the Heckscher Museum, Long Island, New York.
Condition: small area of inpaint upper right and bottom right and middle
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000.
Condition report available upon request.
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