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Antique Painting Oil on Canvas Still Life Roses Lilly Gay Torrey Hawaiian Still Life Artist
This rare and large oil on canvas will be a focal point in anyone’s home. The heavy palette and impressionism combine to create a dynamic and lovely statement. Very scarce, especially in the continental United States, you will be proud to have this lovely historic painting in your home.
Circa early 20th Century, the oil painting still life of roses is mounted in its original gold leave molded period frame. The painting has never been cleaned so you can see the age on the back of the canvas. It is in original condition with two professional or original small patches on the canvas, otherwise fine condition. The canvas is porous and shows tiny pin pricks of light through it near the bottom when it is backlit, but there is no loss of paint on the face. The painting measures 30.5” high, 31.5” wide with a 44.5” by 36.5” frame. The frame is all original with minor aging of the gold leaf and one rub area on the top as pictured.
Hawaiian born Lillie Gay Torrey (1871-1956), one of Hawaii's premier still life painters was famous for her large still life canvases of flowers. Lillie's mother was Hawaiian. Her father was Judge Hart, of British heritage. The Hart home, named 'Sans Souci', was located on what now is the area of today's Outrigger Canoe Club and the public natatorium off Kalakaua Ave in Honolulu. Most of her paintings are found in Hawaii and of Hawaiian flowers. This one was purchased from a Portland, Oregon large estate 30 years ago.
Lillie Hart, a noted beauty, was first married to Francis Gay of Honolulu. Her second marriage was to New York based portrait painter George Burroughs Torrey (1863-1942), who first visited Honolulu in the summer of 1912. George Burroughs Torrey is most recognized for his paintings of numerous American Presidents. They returned often to Hawaii. In 1930 they became permanent residents. “Twenty-eight women are listed, (in The Artist’s Blue Book, re Ask Art) and the first professional woman artist in Hawaii was Margaret Gillin a Californian who went to Honolulu in 1880 and became the first artist there to earn a reputation for still life. Lilly Gay Torrey was, for many years, the most popular still-life painter.” Also see 1990 Art Across America, The Far Midwest, Rocky Mountain West, Southwest, Pacific Vol. 3, by William H. Gerdts, FWI:From the Ask Art Discussion board from the owner of some of her paintings: “I would like to know their [current] value as they were last valued at around $18,000us in 1958 2 years after liliies death.” Shipping and Insurance is included within the Continental United States to make it hassle free for you to purchase this lovely and rare oil on canvas still life painting. Serving you for over 30 years, we work hard to find unique antiques and heirlooms at reasonable prices. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!
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