Fine original pencil drawing of an attractive young woman, 10" by 8 1/2" (13" by 11 1/2" in old, black-painted oak frame), signed at lower right by important American artist JOSEPH RODEFER DeCAMP (1858-1923). Note the skilled, subtle shading, clearly the work of an advanced artist. DeCamp was born in Cincinnati. He studied early with Frank Duveneck and went to Munich with the famed instructor in the mid 1870's for study there at the Royal Academy. DeCamp returned, to Boston, in 1883, where he came into the circle of the so-called "Boston School" led by Edmund Tarbell. He was one of the founders of "The Ten", a group who rebelled against the Society of American Artists. After 1900, when DeCamp went to summer in Gloucester with Duveneck and John Twachtman, his work is said to have become more impressionistic (having been generally described previously as "realistic and impressionistic"). After 1895 DeCamp himself turned to educating later generations of artists. A tragic fire in 1904 destroyed many of his early works. Few of the artist's works have come to auction; they appear to be scarce. At least two oil paintings have brought over $300,000 at auction, with a number of others into six figures.
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