**ONE OF TWO PAINTINGS BY THE ARTIST IN MY SHOP** BARTON STONE HAYS (1826-1914) was born in Ohio, and he came to be associated with the Midwest throughout his life, becoming a leading portrait painter in Indianapolis, and finally, coming to be known for his still life works, based out of Minneapolis, after 1882. Early in his life he was a Daguerreotypist, diorama painter and portrait painter, and there are some rare and sought-after genre paintings, some even of African-American subject matter. Perhaps best known as a teacher of William Merritt Chase, Hays is listed in a number of classic publications on American art, including Gerdts' Art Across America, Pioneer Painters of Indiana, Art and Artists of Indiana, and Dictionary of American Artists before 1860. His still life works featuring grapes, apples, peaches, oranges and baskets, possess a cold stillness often found in American still life of the second half of the 19th century. Works by the artist are routinely handled by America's finest art dealers and auction houses. This painting of roses in a glass vase reminds a bit of works by Martin Johnson Heade. It measures 15 3/4" by 10 3/4" and 21" by 16 1/4" in the old gold frame, which might be original to the painting. The frame has wear as shown, and the painting's surface is quite dusty and dull, lacking varnish. A cleaning, likely the first of its existence, would be very beneficial.
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