Leon A. Makielski (American, 1885-1974), watercolor and pastel on paper of haystacks in a field with pumpkins. Signed lower left Leo. A. Makielski. Bennett Galleries (Nashville) label en verso. Beige mat with burlwood frame. 5" x 4" sight, 12-1/2" x 10-1/2" framed. Biography (courtesy of Askart): Leon A. Makielski was born Pennsylvania and grew up in South Bend, Indiana. In the early 1900's he studied at the Art Institute of Chicago where by 1908 he became an instructor and was awarded the Institute's highest honor, the John Quincy Adams Traveling Scholarship. Makielski went to Paris, where he enrolled in the Academie Julian and the Grand Chaumiere, and was a pupil of Henri Martin, Richard Miller, Lucien Simon and R. Menard. He exhibited in the Paris Salons of 1910 and 1911 and spent much of his time painting the countryside around Paris, especially Giverny and Versailles. He returned to America in 1913 and spent the remainder of his life teaching and painting in Indiana and Michigan. His work exhibits influences of both Hoosier and European impressionism. Provenance: A private Belle Meade (Nashville, Tennessee) collection. Condition: Excellent condition.
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