Watercolor on paper laid on board still life of flowers and a vase in an interior, 15 1/2" by 11 1/2" (25" by 20" in a tired and worn old frame, not pictured but available at no extra cost), signed at lower left and dated 1870 by the well listed New York artist MORSTON CONSTANTINE REAM (1840-1898). This is a rather early work by an accomplished and well listed artist, the younger brother of CARDUCIUS PLANTAGENET REAM (1837-1917), who encouraged Morston to develop his art skills. Morston Ream was born in Ohio, and was in New York by 1868 to study painting, after a stint as a daguerreotypist. By 1870 his works were exhibited by James F. Ryder. The later years of the nineteenth century saw the refinement of his style and considerable success, with exhibitions at the Brooklyn Art Association, Art Institute of Chicago, National Academy, and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, as well as the prestigious Vose Galleries of Boston. Ream exhibited also at Moore's Art Rooms in New York City, where he worked out of several studios in the Union Square area of the Lower East Side. Ream's oil still life works have sold into five figures at auction. See the net for examples of his handsome still life paintings. This work, purchased in the Hudson River valley area, is in fine, original condition, the colors true and no water stain nor foxing, though if you look closely at left you can see a few spots of mold--a few hours in bright sunshine would likely mitigate this--I brushed most of it off with a soft brush. The frame is showing considerable wear.
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