Watercolor with some pencil drawing on paper laid on board, 8 5/8" by 11" inside the blue mat (slightly larger area is actually painted), framed at present without glass, the scene five sailboats on a multicolored sea surface suggestive of the tropics, signed in red at lower left center by the well known American artist HARRY LESLIE HOFFMAN (1871-1964). The scene might well be Bahamian, or possibly Bermuda, since Hoffman spent considerable time in the former especially, painting and sketching. The artist studied in Paris, and then later at Yale with John Ferguson Weir, at the Art Students League in New York, and after 1902, with Frank DuMond at the Old Lyme art colony in Connecticut. It was the influence and recommendations of the impressionist master Willard Metcalf that sent the young artist into impressionism. In fits and starts at first, viewed skeptically by the more established members, Hoffman gradually became a part of that exclusive Old Lyme art colony, on the now famous Florence Griswold estate property. Today his oils sell for impressive sums at major American auctions, and his Bahamian works are especially sought after. This example is in excellent condition save for a very minor tiny brown spot in the sky, and the margin areas, hidden by the mat, where an old overmat was apparently removed at some time in the past. In the right margin is written in pencil "Mrs May Vreeland/Princeton, NJ". See the net for more images of Hoffman's colorful works. SEE HUNDREDS OF OTHER PAINTINGS, DRAWINGS AND PRINTS NOW IN MY SHOP.
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