Lovely large oil on canvas of a coastal terrace ~ perhaps California ~ by the well listed American woman painter Caroline Van Hook BEAN (1879 - 1980) . The painting is in excellent condition and is signed at lower left.
PLEASE LOOK AT FRAMED PIC.
Size (sight) is approx. 24" x 30" and framed 29" x 35". Van Hook BEAN has auction records to $ 20K .
A noted painter, etcher and illustrator, Caroline van Hook Bean was born in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Dr. Tarleton H. Bean, a renowned icthyologist with the Smithsonian Institution and later director of the New York Aquarium. After attending Smith College, Bean moved to New York and began to study art at the New York Art Academy, where she was a pupil of William Merritt Chase; among her classmates were George Bellows, William Glackens, and Eugene Speicher. Bean continued her training at Chase's summer school at Shinnecock, Long Island. During time spent abroad, Bean received further instruction in Paris (ca. 1893-94), where she studied with Harry Thompson, as well as in Holland, where she was instructed by Bernardus J. Blommers. In London, Bean received criticism from John Singer Sargent.
During World War I, Bean created a series of images of wartime New York that, similar to the series rendered by Childe Hassam, conveyed the festive look of city skyscrapers hung with the flags of all nations. After moving from New York to Washington, D.C. in about 1921, Bean received commissions for portraits of many dignitaries, and she also established a business of restoring old Georgetown houses; upon completing work on a house, she would paint an image of it. Bean's characteristic style was informed by the Realism of the Eight and the bright, pure tones and lively brushwork of Impressionism.
Bean was married for the second time to English automotive engineer, Captain Algernon H. Binyon. Throughout her career, she exhibited her work in New York galleries and in many other cities in the United States, including Washington, D.C., Cincinnati, Chicago and Milwaukee. Her professional affiliations included the National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors, the Society of Washington (D.C.) Artists, the Society of Washington (D.C.) Etchers and the Washington (D.C.) Art Club. She had one-man shows of her critically acclaimed wartime scenes at the Mussmann Galleries in New York (1919) and the Chapellier Galleries in New York (1970).
Bean died in Washington, D.C. on December 24th 1980 at the age of 101. Examples of her work can be found at the Dayton Art Institute and the National Museum of Women Artists in Washington, D.C., as well as in many private collections.