The Young Diana

Artist:Arthur Prince Spear
Date:C. 1920
Medium:Pastel
Dimensions:Sight size 19 1/2" by 23 1/2" - Framed 21 1/4 " by 25 1/4"
Condition:Excellent
Original Use:Exhibited Fine Art
Price:Sold
Full view of pastel

Full view of pastel

 

The artist's signature lower right

The artist's signature lower right

 

Detail

Detail

An electric in color palette & execution original exhibited pastel by the Boston area artist Arthur Spear, who was equally adept with pastel and oils. This is titled on the verso The Young Diana in the artist's hand, and was exhibited and likely sold at the Chicago gallery House of O'Brien during the 1920s. The image shows a young fanciful maiden in classical Grecian attire with a bow and dramatic orange shawl. Housed behind glass in the original carved wood American Arts & Crafts antique frame.

Framed and properly lined under glass in original carved wood frame

Framed and properly lined under glass in original carved wood frame

 

Frame corner profile

Frame corner profile

 

Title of The Young Diana on verso in artists hand

Title of The Young Diana on verso in artists hand

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.

House of O'Brien Gallery Label - Chicago

House of O'Brien Gallery Label - Chicago

 

Verso view

Verso view



 

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