George Randolph Barse, Jr., American Pre-Raphaelite Painting
United States 1921
This oil on canvas is titled “The Return (Dante)” by George Randolph Barse, Jr. (B Detroit 1861, D Katonah, NY 1938). He is known for his allegorical and romantic subjects as well as scenes of the American West. He lived in Paris between 1878-85 to study art at the Ecole des Beaux Arts and the Academy Julian with Alexandre Cabanel, Gustave Boulanger and Jules Lefebvre. In 1891 he married the female subject of this painting, Rosina Ferrara who was a popular model living on the Island of Capri. Ferrara’s image is preserved by numerous artists such as Frank Hyde, C. S. Pearce, Alfred Stevens, Edward Vaux, Charles C, Coleman and Jean Benner. She was the favorite model of John Singer Sargent. The painting appears to be in its original frame. In 1938 after 4 years of being despondent over the unexpected death of his wife, Barse committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning. The frame retains its original exhibition labels from the Nat. Acad. of Design. Barse was a member of the National Acad. of Design where he won a 1st prize in 1895. He was also a member of the Academy of National Arts and the Architectural League of New York. In 1898 he won the Shaw Fund Purchase prize and in 1901 a silver medal at the Pan-American Exposition. Barse’s painting is represented by 8 allegorical panels in the Library of Congress, Vanderpoel College, Minneapolis Inst. of Art, The Carnegie Institute, Syracuse Museum of Fine Art, Providence Art Club and the Speed Memorial Museum. In 1907 he had 41 works exhibited at The Art Inst. of Chicago and 42 works exhibited at the Detroit Museum of Art. He is listed in numerous art reference books. A disk will be provided as well as numerous pages of information.
Excellent antique condition. It has recently been cleaned and lined over a very high quality new stretcher. The new stretcher was necessary due to the discovery of this painting utilizing the stretcher of a pastel sketch (also using his wife Rosina) discovered underneath this painting when being prepared for conservation.
Frame - Height: 47" Width: 28.25"
Sight: H: 36.5" W: 20.5"