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Today we are happy to offer for sale a beautiful antique signed original George William Whitaker oil painting! A bit of info about George William Whitaker (1841-1916)
“George William Whitaker, tonalist landscape, still life and marine painter, was called the “Dean of the Providence Painters”. His largest scale canvases are typically still lives, and his landscapes seldom include people, or animals. He was also a teacher, becoming the first instructor in oil painting at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Born in Fall River, Massachusetts, Whitaker spent his student years in New York where he apprenticed to an engraver uncle. While still in his youth, his talent was recognized by the renowned landscape artists George Inness and Alexander Wyant and others associated with the Hudson River School. With this encouragement the young artist went to study in France under Laszlo DePaal, an Hungarian artist. There his paintings became heavily influenced by Barbizon painters of the Fontainebleu, especially the talented Francois Millet.
George Whitaker’s excellence in art is equaled to his contribution to the development of a Rhode Island art community. He was instrumental in recognizing the need for an organization to nurture and support the talented artists within the state. The Providence Art Club was formally instituted in 1880 by Whitaker and his friends Sydney Burleigh, E.M. Bannister and Charles Walter Stetson. The club provided not only a formal association with fellow artists but a public forum in which to present his work. Whitaker was also a founder of the Providence Water Color Club.
In 1895, Whitaker moved into the “Fleur de Lys” studio of Sydney Burleigh.”
This handsome and elegant oil on canvas painting is masterfully executed, with Whitaker’s traditional style and technique. The painting depicts a still life of grapes, apples, oranges, and pear. The painting features dark and warm colors. The picture is expertly painted and vividly detailed. The oil is framed in an elegant ornate gilt wood frame, and is ready to be hung, admired, and enjoyed! Signed on the lower left corner “GW Whitaker (18)93”. Painting present beautifully and is in very good antique condition, with minor display wear and patina. Painting surface has typical minor crazing/cracking, and one very small hole. Frame is in good condition, with minor wear/scuffing and tarnishing to gilding. This is a great opportunity to own a major painting from one of New England and Rhode Island’s most prominent artists. 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: 14-7/8″ in height, 18-5/8″ in length, 2″ in depth
Dimensions of canvas: 13″ in length, 9-1/2″ in height
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