Hayley Lever (New York/Massachusetts/England/Australia, 1875-1958) oil on canvas painting depicting a harbor scene in St. Ives, Cornwall, England with several fishermen on the dock and boats moored in the water, beneath a cloudy sky. Signed lower left. Pencil inscription en verso reads "1876-Hayley Lever-1958, R.W.A., RA. NA., St. Ives, Cornwall England". Housed in a gilt wood frame with bead course running pattern and linen rabbet edge. Sight – 9 1/2" H x 12 1/2" W. Framed – 13 1/2" H x 16 3/4" W. Early 20th century. 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: Craquelure throughout with some delamination, upper left quadrant. Edges taped (likely relined). Scattered small areas of possible inpaint to sky area.
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