This large and luminous oil on canvas by Charles E. Chambers was created most likely as an interior story illustration for The Saturday Evening Post. Though the piece is unsigned, it contains all of the characteristics of Chambers work, and is undoubtedly an example of his glossy magazine socialites. Dating to about 1930, the scene features a number of refined jazz age beauties in modest yet flapper inspired apparel enjoying a garden teatime with a dapper suitor. Nicely framed and in a fine state of conservation on original pine stretchers.
A brief look at Charles Chambers, courtesy of ‘Who Was Who in American Art,’ the reference book on the cultural life in the United States.
Birth place: Ottumwa, IA
Addresses: Chicago area; Riverdale-on-Hudson, NY; NYC
Profession: Painter, illustrator
Studied: AIC; ASL with Geo. Bridgman
Exhibited: AIC, 1908; SC, 1918 (prize); NAD, 1931 (2nd Altman prize).
Member: SI, 1912; C. 1915; Artists Guild (pres.); Allied AA; SI.
Comments: Best known for his magazine illustrations and covers, plus a series of portraits of musicians for Steinway Piano Co., and a series of forty-five billboard displays for Chesterfield cigarettes.