Mayna Treanor Avent (Tennessee, 1868-1959) oil on board painting of The Hermitage (home of President Andrew Jackson), mansion with white columns surrounded by trees. Signed lower right. Original molded giltwood frame. 16" x 19" sight, 22-1/2" x 25-1/2" framed. Circa 1920. Provenance: Private Nashville, Tennessee collection. Biography: Mayna Treanor was born in 1868 at Tulip Grove Mansion, just across Lebanon Pike in Nashville from Andrew Jackson's Hermitage. She studied art in Cincinnati followed by two years at the Academie Julien in Paris. In 1891 she married Frank Avent, a Murfreesboro attorney. Avent taught painting in Nashville for many years and exhibited throughout the United States. She produced oil and watercolor paintings, occasional drawings, and wood block prints in the Japanese manner. She was a member of the Nashville Studio Club, the Nashville Artists Guild, and the Centennial club, which in 1951 held a retrospective of her 68 year artistic career. She spent her last 3 years with her son in Sewanee, TN, where she died on Jan. 2, 1959. The log cabin she used as a studio has been preserved by the State of TN and is open to the public. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994. Source: James C. Kelley, "The South on Paper: Line, Color and Light". Condition: Inpainting primarily to lower edge of painting including at base of left tree, 1" section of grass near lower edge, area in right side tree, and other scattered areas including touch up areas near balcony, the lower yard area near the left tree, and left side edge. Significant flaking to frame.
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