Evening Reveries

Artist:James Arthur
Date:1921
Medium:Painting over photograph
Dimensions:Sight size 16" by 19 3/4" Full Framed Size 24 1/2" by 28 3/4"
Condition:Excellent
Original Use:Calendar Art for The Gerlach-Barklow Calendar Company
Price:$2950.00
full view of mixed media illustration

full view of mixed media illustration

Full Framed View with Period style frame, hand painted and gesso detailing.

Full framed view in gorgeous period Art Nouveau / Arts & Crafts aesthetic gesso frame.

A published print of the painting (included in sale)

A published print of the painting (included in sale)

A luminious beautiful original published mixed medium calendar illustration which appeared with the title Evening Reveries in the 1921 "Indian Maids" calendar line, for Gerlach-Barklow of Joliet Illinois. This was created by James Arthur who worked in a style like that of of L. Goddard, where a base photograph was lavishly over-painted by the artist to create the commercial published calendar illustration. The scene shows an idealized indian maiden in pristine nature illustrating a stanza from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem "Maidenhood."  The 1920s/1930s saw a surge in popularity of romanticized images of mythologically depicted Native American princess figures. In the frenzied post-Great War machine age, nostalgia for pre-modern imagery was high, and the indian maiden gained popularity as a ideal in opposition to both the modern independent flapper and the outmoded and prudish Victorian woman.  This is framed in a beautiful period 1920s American Arts & Crafts aesthetic gesso frame and the sale includes a vintage published titled print of the image.

Verso view of print - with title and calendar usage text

Verso view of print - with title and calendar usage text

The image also appeared as a mailing calendar ink blotter in oval form

The image also appeared as a mailing calendar ink blotter in oval form

detail

detail

Stunning Framed Corner Profile Detail

Stunning Framed Corner Profile Detail

verso calendar label and date

verso calendar label and date

verso view before framing

verso view before framing



 

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