Washington Girard (Tennessee, 1873-1931) oil on board Tennessee landscape painting depicting a stream flowing through a grove of beech trees. Signed "Girard." lower left. Original period carved giltwood frame with projecting corners. Sight – 26 3/8" H x 23 5/8" W. Framed – 34" H x 31" W. American, early 20th century. Biography: William Washington "Wash" Girard was born on Sycamore Creek in Cheatham County, TN and after high school traveled to New York to study under marine painter Edward Moran. Following the death of his girlfriend, he returned to Nashville, where he continued painting and was a prolific writer. "His paintings of beech trees, his favorite theme, were often small and painted on Sycamore Creek or Brown's Creek in the Nashville area. Not overly sentimental, these paintings were praised for their romanticism while remaining realistic." (source: Weesner, "William Washington Girard", Tennessee Historical Quarterly, Spring, 1986). Provenance: a Nashville, Tennessee collection. CONDITION: Overall good condition with yellowing to varnish layer. Frame with some shrinkage cracks and areas of rubbing, largest 1".
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