This painting is a favorite of mine. Every once in a while a painting from a well-established and well-loved artist seems to stand out from the rest, albeit the others are excellent as well. Robert Butler (American 1943-2014) has deserved the honors that he has been awarded. His high public sale is reportedly approximately $5,700.00, however I am aware of other sales, not public, that are higher.
I consider many of the Florida Highwaymen's paintings to be superb investment opportunities. Their prices are steadily going up. But always try to buy the best; not the bargain that just doesn't measure up as much. Be sure that what you buy is something you love and will enjoy. That is the true value of art. We have added more information about Mr. Butler at the end of the listing.
Country of Origin: U. S. A.
Artist: Robert Butler (American 1943-2014), Hall of Fame Florida Highwaymen Artist.
Media: Oil on canvas.
Signed: Lower right.
Size: Canvas measures 18 by 14 inches; framed 23 by 19 inches.
Condition: Very Good.
Authentication: ALL of our Highwaymen paintings have been authenticated by the recognized authority on Highwaymen paintings, Mr.Paul Barratini.
**Please note that the physical colors of this item may vary from the pictures in the listing, given the quality of the camera and the lighting.
Postwar & Contemporary Artist Robert Butler (1943 - 2014)
From the early 1950s, through the 1980s, a group of 26 African American artists traveled the state, painting and selling landscapes that depicted the scenic Florida of their time. These artists were self-taught and developed their own styles. They painted in their garages and backyards and on weekends, the artists would get together to travel the state to sell their artwork. They often sold their original paintings for as little as $25 each, setting up displays in the various towns they visited along the highways. The affordable prices made these vibrant paintings very popular and soon their art adorned businesses and homes throughout the state. The group disbanded in the 1980s, but books and documentaries about the artists led to a resurgence of interest in their paintings. Collectors became interested in the artwork and each year the paintings continue to increase in price. In 2004, the 26 original Florida Highwaymen were inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame. Robert Butler. was one of those artists. Robert Butler. was born in Georgia in 1943. The family moved to Okeechobee, Florida in 1947. His professional career as an artist began in 1968. Robert Butler paintings reflect his love of the natural beauty of the Lake Okeechobee area, He painted all of Florida & was the only Highwayman credited with painting every ecosystem of Florida. That is really important & expands the subject of his life & career as an artist. No one knows exactly how many paintings Robert Bulter created. His son hopes to document his father’s artwork as part of his family’s heritage.
Thanks to the Official Robert Butler Highwaymen Art Online Catalogue Raisonné
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ORIGINAL HALL OF FAME HIGHWAYMEN Robert Butler (American 1943 - 2014) - Exquisite Oil On Canvas "Tropical Sky"