This wonderful original watercolor was created by the artist. H. Gold in the late1800's to early 1900's. He has painted a wonderful rendition of a Gibson Girl creating the wonderful aloof facial features, updo hair style, and wonderful large brimmed hat. He has used soft muted gold colors for her gown and added white highlights enhancing the garment folds. The hat has a soft blue ban giving a nice touch to the photo. He has signed this piece H. Gold. It is placed in a beautiful old mahogany wood frame with gold painted, raised relief gesso on the inner rim. The wooden frame has wonderful carved repousse roses at top, bottom, right and left sides and a relief rim surrounding it. The wooden backside has a square cut for the picture and a piece of wood holding it in place. When we opened it we found an additional photo of a young gentleman that apparently had been previously in this frame. He is dressed in the attire that would have been worn around the Civil War era of the mid 1800's. He has signed it Truly Yours and what we think is R. B. Ferguson. Since this photo has been with the frame and the painted we would like to keep it that way it, so you will also get this photo upon purchase.
The Gibson Girl was the personification of the feminine ideal of beauty portrayed by illustrations of illustrator Charles Dana Gibson during a 20-year period that spanned the late nineteenth and early twentieth century in the United States. Some people argue that the Gibson Girl was the first national beauty standard for American women. The artist saw his creation as representing the composite of "thousands of American girls. In addition to the Gibson Girl's refined beauty, in spirit, she was calm, independent, confident, and sought personal fulfillment. Many models posed for Gibson Girl-style illustrations. The Gibson Girl remained aloof of her surroundings but not to the extent of haughtiness. She was at once remote but yet accessible. The "Gibson Man," equally as handsome and self-assured as the Gibson Girl, provided her perfect partner. The Gibson Girl and the Gibson Man in some ways represent the "Barbie and Ken" dolls of the early 1900s as icons of popular Culture.
Measures: Fame: 12" L x 10" W WATERCOLOR: 8 1/2" L x 6 1/2" W
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