"One Hundred and Ten Years Later - A Tribute to Harry Wilson Watrous" oil 24"x28" $6500
"One Hundred and Ten Years Later - A Tribute to Harry Wilson Watrous" oil on linen 24"x28" 2018 $6500
This piece was created to enter in an American Women Artists competition for a show scheduled at the Haggin Museum in Stockton, CA opening August 2, 2018. We will see if I get in. The Haggin selected 13 pieces from their collection for the artists to be inspired by. This one is inspired by Watrous' "Sophistication" 1908. As I was carefully setting up my "scene" to paint from life, with wild cranberries on the saucer, before the model came to pose, I thought about putting in a black bird but thought better of it. Two weeks later when I was researching Mr. Watrous I discovered he put black birds on tables or chairs with his beautifully profiled women, in at least three of his paintings. That compelled me to put the bird in. Like "Sophistication" the model is profiled, her chair is at an angle, she is all dressed up having tea, she has a black feather in her hat, and the feet are cut out of the compposition. And Mr. Watrous painted rather tight and detailed, as I am inclined to do. Otherwise mine is quite different.