Project DescriptionDescription: Oil on canvas, 71.1 x 114.3 cm. Signed 'Hayley Lever' (lower right)--signed again and inscribed with title (on the reverse)
Catalogue note: "Art is the re-creation of mood in line, form and colour. If I were confined to my own back yard for the rest of my life, I'd still have more pictures in my mind than I would have time to paint. Art is nothing but having a good time."Richard Hayley Lever was an Australian-American painter, etcher, lecturer and art teacher. Born in Adelaide, the artist was internationally renowned for his seascapes, cityscapes and still lifes. In 1899, Lever moved to St. Ives, where he first began seascape paintings. The artist then settled in New York City in 1912 and his paintings immediately attracted the attention of the American collectors. His vibrant work combined the Impressionist effects of Vincent Van Gogh with Fauvism's bold colours and patterns which gained him great reputation as one of the leading painters of his time, creating strong Impressionistic works filled with dramatic light and colour. Throughout his life, Lever travelled and painted extensively of marines and landscapes. The most notable paintings were of the harbours, boats and buildings of the New England coast in New York.Lever continued to paint from 1953 until his death in 1958 at his home in Mount Vernon, New York. His work is included in the White House collection, Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York, Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., and Art Gallery of South Australia, and many other distinguished collections.
Provenance: Acquired from Christie’s, Sale 17035, Lot 166, Invoice no. DB19011611. Spanierman Gallery, LLC, New York | Acquired by the late owner from the above
Catalogue no.: 2019P0249-HL