A lovely impressionist painting of a scene in the heart of Paris, by the well-known American artist HILDEGARDE HAMILTON (1898-1970), titled on reverse faintly "Palais de Justice, Pont Neuf". Two figures in a small boat and a lone fisherman with his pole and dinghy at lower left add a human touch. The 15 1/4" by 18" oil on canvas (20 1/2" by 24" framed) is signed at lower right and dated either 1935 or 1955 at lower left. Hamilton was a prolific artist, and well traveled. She was educated in art at the Cincinnati Academy of Fine Arts, John Herron Art Institute (Indianapolis), Art Students League in New York, and Academie Colarossi and Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. Anthony Thieme was a teacher. In 1937 she purchased a vacation home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida which eventually became her studio and permanent home. Evidently Hamilton was a restless soul; she painted in New England, the South (especially Virginia and Florida), and as a world traveler, she spent time in the Bahamas, Europe and elsewhere, always painting. Today her coastals, city scenes, landscapes appear with some frequency at auctions around the country. This work is in excellent condition.
HILDEGARDE HAMILTON (1898-1970) impressionist painting of bridge over the Seine in Paris