This is a fine example of the work of the Bohemia (Czech)-born American artist LAWRENCE LEBDUSKA (1894-1966). The simple yet charming subject is red roses, two butterflies flitting around them, as tiny flowers fill the grass below. The painting is in oil on masonite board, measuring 13 1/2" by 7 1/2" (18" by 12" framed nicely in gold, and under glass). It is signed at lower left "Lebduska" and dated 1965, just a year prior to the artist's death. There is some writing on the reverse side that is largely illegible though I can make out the artist's name again at bottom. Lebduska works have exceeded $10,000 at auction. He was born in Baltimore but returned to Europe with family, following his Bohemia roots as a youngster, receiving training in Leipzig, Germany in stained glass, before returning to the United States at age 18. He worked for Elsie de Wolfe, creating murals for a time. By 1936 he had received his first one man show, attracting the attention of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, who was inspired by his work to open what became a famed museum of American folk art. Lebduska had issues with alcohol which somewhat hampered his career, though he enjoyed a brief resurgence in the 1960's, not long before his 1966 death.
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