Richard Hayley Lever (Australian-American, 1876-1958), impressionist view of the River Seine, oil on canvas laid on board. Painting depicts city walls along a river and a barge or peninsula with figures, foreground, possibly a view of the city Asnieres-sur-Seine. Pencil inscription (partially illegible) en verso reads "The Seine at _____ after the painting by Monet". French art supplier stamp also en verso. Signed lower left "Hayley Lever". Housed in a possibly original giltwood frame with carved corners. Sight: 10 1/8" H x 13" W. Framed: 14 1/8" H x 17 1/8" W. Biography: Australian born Hayley Lever was known for his 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 and also some scenes in Northern France. 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. He maintained a studio in Gloucester, Massachusetts and traveled internationally throughout his career. His work is in the collection of several major museums. (Source: Michael David Zellman: 300 Years of American Art). CONDITION: Minor scattered wear and abrasions to frame. Painting overall very good condition.
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