Offered is a dynamic post-impressionist French coastal scene by Theophilus Parsons (American, 1876-?). Parsons studied under master impressionist John F. Carlson and worked primarily in Washington, DC from 1921-28. In the 1930's, he moved to Paris and worked in France for several years before returning to Washington prior to the onset of World War II. Parsons also worked for at time in Nonquit, Massachusetts and exhibited extensively, including solo exhibitions.. He was a member of Society of Washington Artists, the Cosmos Club, and the Washington Art Club.
This work was done during the artist's time in France. The scene is the coastal town of Villefranche-sur-Mer, which is in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region on the French Riviera. The painting is signed lower right, dated 1934, and bears an original label on the reverse that has the title "Villefranche" and also a dedication to friends of the artist. The canvas has a Paris materials maker stamp as well.
Framed, the work measures 23.75" x 21" and unframed, it measures 18.25" x 15". Condition is excellent and the colors are more vibrant than my photos indicate. The frame is a new Larson-Juhl classic gold cove mold frame that complements the work beautifully.
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