Today we are happy to offer for sale a beautiful antique original George Arthur Brown watercolor painting! A bit of info on G. A. Hays:
George Arthur Hays (1854-1945) was a 19th Century artist, active in Rhode Island. Self-taught, Hays painted in oils and watercolors and is best known for tranquil landscapes featuring cows and sheep, livestock in bucolic settings, whether singly or in flocks. Although he portrayed cows and sheep, rarely were the two combined in a single painting.
He was born in Greenville, New Hampshire, and spent his adult life in Providence, where he had a studio at the Woods Building on College Street. He was a member of the Providence Art Club, where he exhibited from 1888 to 1940; Society for Independent Artists, Copley Society, and Providence Watercolor Club.
Records indicate that he painted scenery for Boston’s Park Theatre in 1887, and for “Keith’s Circuit,” possibly a traveling theatrical troupe or similar entertainment. Stylistically, Hays’ works seem to derive their inspiration from the Barbizon School and French animal portraiture, an offshoot of the Barbizon tradition that dignified work animals and imbued them with a sense of patient endurance and uncomplaining service.
This handsome and refined watercolor painting is masterfully executed, with Hays’s traditional style and technique. The painting is titled “Looking Across the Valley Near Woodville, North Providence, RI” and depicts a hilly bucolic setting with a couple of farmhouse buildings in then still-rural North Providence. The watercolor dates to Oct. 18, 1914. The painting features warm and inviting colors and is expertly painted and vividly detailed. The watercolor is framed in an elegant, museum-quality gilt wood frame, and is ready to be hung, admired, and enjoyed! Signed “GA Hays” on lower left corner.
Watercolor presents beautifully and is in excellent antique condition, with very minimal display wear and patina. Painting surface is clean and bright and free of any visible repairs. Frame is in very good condition, with very minor wear/scuffing. This is a great opportunity to own a handsome painting from a noted Rhode Island artist! A wonderful and one-of-a-kind painting that will add elegance to any interior. A special piece for a special buyer!
Dimensions of framed artwork: 14-1/4″ in height, 17-1/4″ in length, 1-1/2″ in depth
Dimensions of artwork: 11.5″ in length, 8.5″ in height