The Intruder

Artist:Arthur Prince Spear
Date:1921
Medium:Oil on Canvas
Dimensions:Sight size 24" x 27" - Framed view 29 " x 32"
Condition:Excellent
Original Use:Exhibited Fine Art
Price:Sold
Full view

Full view

 

The artist's signature and date of 1921 lower right

The artist's signature and date of 1921 lower right

 

Framed in original to painting ornate Newcomb-Macklin antique frame

Framed in original to painting ornate Newcomb-Macklin antique frame

The Intruder is a rare surviving oil on canvas American Impressionist painting created in 1921 by Arthur Prince Spear. This underwater sea nymph scene was exhibited that year at Boston's St. Botolph Club, and the Chicago area Rosenbach Galleries and The House of O'Brien, where it is believed to have been sold. Reviewing the St. Botolph exhibit, the Boston Transcript described the scene as "a huge fish gliding into a jungle of kelp where a nymph is hiding." Spear was an avid fisherman, and created dozens of these underwater sea dweller mermaid scenes, though few are known to still exist.  This is a fresh California estate find and one of the finest paintings by the artist to come on the market. Housed in the original-to-the-painting Newcomb-Macklin Co. ornate gold carved frame.

Original Newcomb-Macklin Co. label on verso

Original Newcomb-Macklin Co. label on verso

 

Verso view

Verso view

 

Frame corner profile

Frame corner profile

 

Frame detail

Frame detail

Painting is in fine condition and is included in the catalogue raisonné that appears in the monograph Arthur Spear published by the Warren Historical Society/St. Botolph Club.

Listed in Warren Historical Society Book -  Arthur Spear 1879 -1959 as painting #49 "The Intruder"

Listed in Warren Historical Society Book - Arthur Spear 1879 -1959 as painting #49 "The Intruder"

 

detail

detail

 

Detail of the intruder

Detail of the intruder

Arthur Prince Spear went to Paris to study under Jean Paul Laurens at the Julien Academy. Most of the artwork that Spear created was of otherworldly sea dwellers, mermaids, satyrs and nymphs and intended as fine art and sold through the Vose Galleries in Boston. The realm he choose to depict was quite his own, the occasional critic dismissed his paintings as "ornamental".
The artist exhibited at The National Academy of Design, The Guild of Boston Artists, Rosenbach Gallery, the Carnegie Institute, Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the National Arts Club.



 

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