Impressionistic painting of a dramatic Italian mountain landscape in the spring, including red-roofed church, blooming pink almond trees and tall narrow cypress trees, " by ", presently unframed, signed at lower right by listed American (Massachusetts) woman artist ALICE BALCH STONE (1876-1926). Stone's works appear to be scarce, rarely finding their way to the art market, with few auction records noted. She was born in Swampscott, Massachusetts near Boston, and she evidently painted in Italy for a time, as a painting of almond trees near Mount Etna (Sicily) is known. Biographical information on the net shows that she was represented by the prestigious Vose Galleries of Boston. Stone was also a member of the Boston Art Club and the National Association of Women Artists. She is listed in a work on women artists of the White Mountains (New Hampshire), and in a number of dictionaries of women artists. In addition, Stone is known to have exhibited at the National Academy and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Obviously a highly talented artist, the market has significantly undervalued her work; perhaps her early death, at only age 50, is responsible. The painting could be freshened up by a cleaning; the dull surface would be nourished by a new coat of varnish, which would really bring out the many colors in the brushwork. When I acquired this painting, in eastern Massachusetts (though, interestingly, with a vintage Pasadena, California framer's label), it was framed; I believe the frame is hiding in storage, so, it might possibly be available to the purchaser, at no extra cost--but I cannot guarantee that that will be the case. SEE HUNDREDS OF OTHER WORKS OF ART NOW IN MY SHOP.
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