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Lot 82: Arthur F. Mathews (1860-1945 San Francisco, CA)

California & American Art Auction, April 23, 2013

by John Moran Auctioneers

April 23, 2013

Pasadena, CA, USA

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Description: ''Summertime'', circa 1915, bears signature lower right: Arthur Mathews, oil on canvas laid to canvas in a modern hand-carved gilt and polychromed reproduction Furniture Shop frame, 23.5'' H x 26'' W, est: $50,000/70,000. Note: Restrained and elegant, Arthur Mathews' ''Summertime'' depicts a sweeping Arcadian seaside landscape. Harvey Jones writes of Mathews' treatment of the California landscape subject, ''Mathews' landscapes were neither symbolic nor allegorical in the manner of his murals and many other figurative works. The scenes with figures usually included a California landscape in the background, which was seldom site specific, yet certainly altogether typical. The paintings represent generalized panoramic views of then relatively undeveloped areas on the outskirts of the city...'' (H. Jones, ''The Art of Arthur & Lucia Mathews'', San Francisco, CA, 2006, p. 144). The signature on the painting was likely posthumously added by Lucia Mathews.

Condition Report: Visual: Very minor frame abrasion and some scattered, stable craquelure. New support stretchers. Blacklight: Scattered crack-fill throughout concentrated mainly in the sky. Some minor scattered spots of touch-up along the lower edge. The signature added.

Notes: Restrained and elegant, Arthur Mathew's ''Summertime'' depicts a sweeping Arcadian seaside landscape. Harvey Jones writes of Mathews' treatment of the California landscape subject, ''Mathews' landscapes were neither symbolic nor allegorical in the manner of his murals and many other figurative works. The scenes with figures usually included a California landscape in the background, which was seldom site specific, yet certainly altogether typical. The paintings represent generalized panoramic views of then relatively undeveloped areas on the outskirts of the city...'' (H. Jones, ''The Art of Arthur & Lucia Mathews'', San Francisco, CA, 2006, p. 144). The signature on the painting was likely posthumously added by Lucia Mathews

Provenance: Private Collection, Danville, CA

Dimensions: 23.5'' H x 26'' W

Artist or Maker: Arthur F. Mathews (1860-1945 San Francisco, CA)

Medium: oil on canvas laid to canvas in a modern hand-carved gilt and polychromed reproduction Furniture Shop frame

Date: circa 1915

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