A colorful abstract still life oil painting with bottles by American artist Paul Arthur Dufour (1922-2008). Dufour was an active Manchester, New Hampshire artist, and later became a professor emeritus of art at LSU in Baton Rouge. The following was taken from his obituary in 2008- “Paul was born on Aug. 31, 1922, in Manchester, N.H., where he spent his early life before entering the U.S. Navy in 1943. He served on active duty in World War II and received the World War II Victory Medal. Upon an honorable discharge, he enrolled at Yale University, receiving his bachelor's degree in studio arts in 1952. After teaching at St. John's University, he was hired to join the painting faculty at LSU in 1959, eventually starting the only stained glass school in the United States. While at LSU, he received several research grants and sabbaticals, including work/study in Italy and Japan. His strong commitment to education earned him the H.E. "Hub" Cotton Award for Faculty Excellence in 1970. In 1965, after receiving a commission to design the stained glass windows for the Bishop's Chapel for the Diocese of Baton Rouge, he founded Dufour Glass Studio, from which he retired as president in 1992. Although retired he remained active in the arts and served as consultant to the business until recently. Paul's work in the liturgical arts can be seen in numerous churches throughout the United States. His stained glass windows grace many of the churches in this region. Honoring a lifetime of devotion to creating art, his works are included in permanent public and private collections in the United States, Europe and Japan. Among his many awards are the 1999 Governor's Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to the Arts, the 1995 Mayor-President's Award for Excellence in the Arts, the 1994 Excellence in Education Award from the Stained Glass Association of America and in 1988, he received a Hambidge Foundation Fellowship. Paul's professional memberships included the Educational Committee for the Stained Glass Association of America, the board of directors of the American Glass Guild and the Glass Art Society. He was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Baton Rouge and a founding member of the Baton Rouge Gallery Inc. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Aloysius Catholic Church or the Julia Dufour Richardson Scholarship at The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.”
Abstract oil painting, signed and dated 54 lower right, and housed in an artistic decorative wooden frame. The painting appears to have some waviness, and has retained its original frame, with some minor staining and paint loss. Dimensions: 18” h x 24” w, actual; 30” h x 36” w, framed. Provenance: Acquired at a Currier Museum (Manchester NH) Fundraising Auction.
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