Richard Hayley Lever (Australian-American, 1876-1958) oil on panel post-impressionist landscape painting titled “A View of Boston” depicting buildings and trees set atop a hill, rendered in bold colors and thick impasto brush strokes. Signed lower left “Hayley Lever.” Painted and giltwood molded frame with linen liner. Label en verso lists title of painting with the year 1938, the artist’s name, and size of painting. Additional label for “The Crane Collection / 121 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116”. Sight -11 1/2″ H x 15 1/2″ W. Framed – 19 1/4″ H x 23 1/4″ W. Provenance: the collection of Mr. and Mrs. H.R. Slaymaker, Nashville, Tennessee. Biography: Australian born Hayley Lever was known for his post impressionist town-shore landscapes and his use of color, which was deeply influenced by Van Gogh. He studied in London in the 1890s and then went to Cornwall, where he painted seaside paintings at an artist’s colony on the coast of St. Ives. Lever came to America in 1911 and soon became one of the most widely exhibited artists in New York; he taught at the Art Students League from 1919 to 1931 and became director of the Studio Art Club in Mount Vernon, New York. Lever had a summer studio in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where many of his scenes were painted. His work is in the collection of several major museums. (source: Michael David Zellman: 300 Years of American Art). CONDITION: Surface of painting in excellent condition. Spots to linen liner, several small abrasions to frame. Examination under black light revealed no alterations.
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