Nan Greacen was the daughter of the well-known American artist Edmund Greacen. She was born in Giverny, France, where her father was an active disciple of Claude Monet in the art colony there. Nan attended the Grand Central Art School co-founded by her father, and received instruction from the likes of Arshile Gorky, Wayman Adams and Jerry Farnsworth, as well as from her father. By 1936 she had already exhibited at the National Academy, and in 1940 she became the youngest woman to be elected associate academician (she received full academician status in 1962). Nan Greacen taught at the school until the early 1940's when she moved to Scarsdale, New York with her family. Later in life she retired to Ponte Vedra Beach in Florida, and became an active member of the art community in that state. In 1965 and again in 1971, along with Walter Foster, she wrote two how-to books on painting, "Still Life is Exciting" and "The Magic of Flower Painting". This oil on canvasboard measures 6 1/2" by 8 3/8" (12 1/2" by 14 1/2" framed). The work is signed in extreme lower right corner. On the backing in ink is written "GARDEN ROSES/NAN GREACEN N.A./$175.00". I believe this likely to be in the handwriting of the artist. This delightful work, appropriately, was purchased by me recently in Jacksonville, Florida. All photos were taken through glass protecting the painting so allow for a few reflections.
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