Silver Knees

Artist:Norman Price
Date:1931
Medium:Oil on Stretched Canvas
Dimensions:Sight Size 17" x 19" Framed 21" x 23"
Condition:Excellent
Original Use:Interior Illustration for Liberty Magazine - April 4, 1931
Price:$4500.00
Full view of luminous oil on canvas painting

Full view of luminous oil on canvas painting

The artist's signature lower right.

The artist's signature lower right.

Detail

Detail

Created to accompany the 13th installment of the serialized novel "Silver Knees" in the April 4th 1931 issue of Liberty Magazine, this oil on canvas painting features a romanticized depiction of love during the Mexican-American war. In this lush scene, Gitana, a gypsy dancer, enjoys an afternoon serenade, as her star crossed lover, an American war hero, looks on quietly. "Silver Knees" was the title used by Liberty Magazine for their exclusive serialization of "Gitana," one of many popular historical novels by R.W. Chambers published in the 1920s/30s. Verso is notated by the artist with a personalized and dated inscription and retains a Liberty Art Department verso label.

Framed in handsome gold gilt lined walnut frame

Framed in handsome gold gilt lined walnut frame

Liberty Art label reads "Silver Knees April 4th -Page 67"

Liberty Art label reads "Silver Knees April 4th -Page 67"

Verso view

Verso view

Illustrator, Norman Mills Price was born in Brampton, Ontario (1877) and began his studies at the Ontario School of Art. Around 1901 he spent time in London, studying at the Goldsmith's Institute; Westminster School of Art; and with Cruikshank. While in London, he was the founder of Carlton Studios.

He later went on to Paris, studying at the Academie Julian, with J.P. Laurens and R.E. Miller. He did freelance work in Paris until an assignment in Belgium for Century brought him to the attention of other American publishers. In 1911, he had a studio in New York City, and worked for such publication as Harper's, Cosmopolitan, and Liberty.

He illustrated the novels: The Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare (1905), The Rogue's Moon (1929), Leif Erikson the Lucky (1939), Treasure Island, and other books. Price is best known for his depiction of pirates and Vikings.



 

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