Offered is a framed Original Oil Painting by W. Lester Stevens. This creation is one of his lovely inspirations of the New England landscape in winter. The picture needs to be cleaned but is in otherwise excellent condition. Picture size is 29" x 24" and the framed size is 36-1/2" x 30-1/2". Sales tax must be collected for buyers living in or picking up in New York State. Local tax rate applies.
William Lester Stevens 1888 – 1969
Born in Rockport, Massachusetts, impressionist painter William Stevens lived and worked in the area for many years. In the later part of his life, he moved to Conway, Massachusetts.
His first art study was with Parker Stevens, a local marine painter. He later attended Boston Museum School as a student of Edmond Tarbell, Frank Benson, Philip Hale and William Paxton. He taught at Princeton and Boston Universities, and by 1964 had won more awards than any other living artist.
Stevens joined the Army in 1917 and was sent to Europe where he continued to paint and sketch. Upon his return to the United States he was pleased to discover that Rockport had become a popular haven for artists. In 1921 he founded the Rockport Art Association. Later in his life, Stevens also organized the Conway Festival of the Hills and the Berkshire Arts Festival.
Primarily an oil painter, Stevens also used watercolor and acrylics. Although he was proficient in all three, oils allowed him greater versatility; more significantly, Stevens simply liked oils better. A superb craftsman, Stevens painted rapidly and with assurance, but always took time to find the best vantage point. He understood the importance of placing himself where he could create the best composition.
Stevens continued to create views of New England until almost the final day of his life, June 10, 1969. He died in Conway, Massachusetts.