A Vintage American Watercolor of Magnolia Blossoms

This is a watercolor on paper by Eleanor Hart Levis (1889-1967). The subject is a branch or a magnolia tree covered with blossoms and set against pale, sky blue. It is very much in the style of the 1930's which favored a bald presentation of the flowers against a near blank background. At this point in her career Levis signed her still life watercolors Eleanor (heart devise] Levis. She drew a heart to substitute for her middle name "Hart." This watercolor is signed in the lower right in the bottom right leaf. The watercolor is matted and framed in a 1930's gilt frame. Provenance: the estate of the artist through purchase from a Pennsylvania dealer about 20 years ago. It was acquired as part of a large group of landscape and still life watercolors.

Eleanor Hart Levis was a painter who worked mainly in Pennsylvania. Little is known about her except that she worked as an illustrator. Two books that she illustrated were: Ann Hark, "Hex Marks the Spot: In the Pennsylvania Dutch Country," New York: J.B. Lippincott, 1938; and Ann Hark, "Blue Hills and Shoofly Pie in Pennsylvania Dutchland," New York: J. B. Lippincott, 1952. Her specialty was landscape and still life painting.

Condition of watercolor is very good; frame shows minor wear.

Measurements are: watercolor, 14 1/2 inches x 18 1/2 inches; frame, outer dimensions, 22 1/2 inches x 26 1/2 inches.

This is a bright and skilled American watercolor and a perfect anticipation of Springtime.

Item ID: JT102

$145 USD

Make Offer Add to Wish List

Jaffe and Thurston


Arnold Jaffe, Wawarsing, NY   

High Quality Fine Art and Antiques

Ruby Lane Shop Rating
Silver Rating Silver
Member since 2012

Established in 1978 we are specialists in the sale of fine art and antiques.

Shipping/Handling:To Be Determined
Insurance:$2.90 USD

Price for shipping to USA change location


Estimate shipping to a different location: