This wonderful landscape painting titled “By Quiet Waters” was painted by French American artist Eugene Vail (1857-1934). Vail was born in Saint-Servan, France, the son of a French mother and American father. He studied in both Paris and New York. Although he showed an early aptitude and enthusiasm for art, his father required that he receive a practical education. Before he was twenty, Vail graduated from the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey with a concentration in mechanical engineering. After college, he joined the National Guard, during which time he participated in a Western expedition led by Captain George Wheeler. Vail sketched the terrain and painted portraits of his traveling companions and the Native Americans they met. At the end of his service, the young artist studied with William Merritt Chase and James Carroll Beckwith at the Art Students League in New York, and then returned to Paris. Some time after 1900, Vail turned to both impressionism and post-impressionism and went on to become well known for his landscapes, marine and portrait paintings. Oil on canvas, signed lower left, and housed in a beautiful giltwood frame. Dimensions: 17 ¾” h x 19 ¾” w, actual; 27” h x 30” framed.
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