Adelia Armstrong Lutz (American/Tennessee, 1859-1931) large oil on canvas after the original by William-Adolphe Bouguereau (French, 1825-1905) titled "The Little Knitter". Painting depicts a young dark haired European peasant girl sitting on a terrace with flowers and village visible to her left. Signed lower right of girl "After Wm Bouguereau/ A.L.". Housed in a heavily carved and layered giltwood frame. Sight – 44 3/4" H x 31 1/4" W. Framed – 60" H x 46" W x 7" D. Provenance: Property of a direct descendant of Adelia Armstrong Lutz. Biography: Adelia Armstrong Lutz (1859-1931) was known for painting portraits, landscapes, and still lifes. She was born in Jefferson County, Tennessee. She studied art at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and abroad. Upon her return to Knoxville in 1887, she was a director of the Knoxville Art Club and co-organized the Nicholson Art League. She married John Edwin Lutz in 1885 and they built their home, "Westwood", on Knoxville's Kingston Pike in approximately 1890. Weight: 54 lbs. CONDITION: Some tenting to paint layers to left of child's face. Canvas pliant (not relined). Scattered losses to frame molding.
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