A fine winter landscape pastel painting by American artist Alice Helm French (1864-c.1953). French was born in Lake Forest, Illinois. In 1890, she married William French, the first director of the Art Institute of Chicago. French became known for her landscapes, figure paintings, and illustrations and her exhibitions included the following: Annual Exhibition, Palette Club, AIC, 1891, Annual Exhibition of Water Colors, Pastels and Miniatures by American Artists, AIC, 1909-14 (6 times), Annual Exhibition of Works by Chicago Artists, AIC, 1906-12, and Society of Western Artists. Her works can be found in the following collections: Beloit College, Doshisa College, Kyoto, Japan, Vanderpoel Collection, Chicago, and Colegio International, Guadalajara, Mexico.
Pastel on paper, signed and dated 1908 lower right, titled “A Path Through The Drifts” on front plaque and verso exhibition labels, and housed in a decorative giltwood frame. Dimensions: 23” h x 32” w, actual; 30 ½” h x 39 ¼” w, framed.
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