A wonderful impressionist townscape painted by American artist Ernest Lee Major (1864-1950). Major was born in Washington, DC, and by the early 1880s, he was studying under William Merritt Chase at the Art Students League in New York City. At the age of twenty-one, Major was the first to win the Hallgarten Art Scholarship, which at that time included travel expenses for study in Europe. Major joined the burgeoning ranks of American expatriate artists, most of whom were trained at the Académie Julian in Paris, and he was one of the many American students of Boulanger and Lefebvre. Quite serious about becoming a self-supporting professional painter, Major made his debut in 1886 when he exhibited a landscape at the Paris Salon (his works would appear there through 1889). Eight drawings in the Salon of 1887 proved Major's skill in draftsmanship. In 1888, Major returned to Boston when he resumed his career as a teacher at the Cowles Art School. Major spent most of his non-teaching hours at the famous Fenway Studios in Boston, while during the summers he worked en plein air at Tamworth, New Hampshire. The painter became a regular participant in most large annual exhibitions in Boston, New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia. Ernest Lee Major was among the leaders of the Boston School of artists.
Oil on panel, signed titled and dated ‘88 lower left, as well as titled on verso gallery label “Etaples,” and housed in a beautiful giltwood frame. Dimensions: 13” h x 16” w, actual; 20 ⅛” h x 23 ⅛” w, framed.
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