Goode Paschall Davis (American/CT, CA, 1906 – 1989), a listed artist. Oil on canvas painting depicting three irises arranged in a vase. Each iris is a different color and type of iris--pink, white, and yellow. A pastel spring-time palette with a swirled, impressionistic background of deeper colors, including purple, blue, and gold, the painting reminds the viewer of spring, of course, and the promise of summer. When I was growing up, irises were called "flags," and they were the harbingers of summer, the last spring flower to bloom before summer began; we longed every year for the arrival of the flags, which I always thought of as flags flying for summer, because soon we would be free to play outdoors all day long. Today, this painting can be a window into the promise of future times. Signed and dated "1967" lower left. Sight: 19.5" H x 15.5" W. Framed: 29"H x 25" W.
CONDITION: Excellent, including frame.
Artist Bio: Goode Paschall Davis (1906 – 1989). Born in Havana, Cuba on Nov. 8, 1906, Davis was educated at Harvard University, and studied painting with Charles Hawthorne and in Paris. He was a resident of Salisbury, CT in 1940 and then moved to Santa Barbara, CA where he was active into the 1950s. He died in Nashville, TN on Oct. 20, 1989. Exhibited: Berkshire (MA) Museum, 1938 (prize); NAD, 1938; Park Avenue Gallery (NYC), 1940.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"; Who's Who in American Art 1940-53; Social Security Death Index (1940-2002).
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Goode Paschall Davis, "Three Irises" Oil Painting