Florine Hyer was an Iowa-born artist who became known for her exquisite paintings of roses. She was in Los Angeles by 1898, and remained there her entire life with the exception of the year 1908, when she assisted the botanist Luther Burbank at his home and gardens in Santa Rosa, in Sonoma County north of San Francisco. Burbank is reputed to have said, "Florine can paint roses better than gardens can grow them". This example is one of the works by the artist, an oil on canvas measuring 18" by 30" (26" by 32" framed), signed at lower right and dated there the year 1900. The painting will need professional restoration. At the left portion, there are many losses, with a smaller area of losses at bottom left center. Most likely this will require a reline and inpainting. The right half of the composition is very stable. Due to the delicate present condition, a local buyer who can pick this up (avoiding shipping) will be ideal. I have seen other Hyer paintings in compromised condition that have emerged from restoration in beautiful display condition. Apparently the artist did not properly prepare her canvases, leading to losses after many decades.
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