An interpretation of the artist’s emotional response to a majestic landscape, this handsome original oil on academy board is signed lower right “M. Gross.” On the verso, it’s titled “Camp Fire” and dated 1932, lower right on the dust paper over the stretcher. A snow-covered peak towers in the background– possibly Mount Dana in the Sierra Nevadas at the eastern boundary of Yosemite–fronted by a sparkling blue lake and immense fir trees. In front of the teepee-style tent is seated a man, alone in the wilderness and relaxing in front of his campfire.
Overall, the work is 17 1/2 inches wide and 14 1/2 inches top to bottom and weighs 1 pound 10 ounces. The 1 inch wide frame is original to the painting. It is matte gilded wood, with a narrow inner gilt molding, a center strip of sponge-grained dark brown with gilt and an outer gilt molding with a simple geometric design. The painting is in great condition, with a few white flecks to the upper right of the tent against the trees the only blemish. The dust paper is torn and ragged; we’ve left it in its as-found condition but it’s easily and inexpensively replaced (be sure to preserve the title and date). The frame is good structurally, with tight corners, but has a few subtle chips here and there. There’s a double wire for ease in hanging this wonderful Impressionist landscape painting.
Violette Stevens Price
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PYH – 4305 Description
This charming 1912 watercolor of a pair of birds perched on vines with pink and white flowers was painted by 15 year old Violette Stevens, who signed and dated her artwork lower right. On the back, the original dust paper is intact and Ms. Stevens inscribed it in pencil in two places. On the upper portion, she wrote “Painted in watercolors April 1912 Age 15 Great Falls, Montana”. At the bottom, she wrote “Age 15-My water colors”. Great Falls is a very progressive planned city that had a number of cultural activities at that time, including art clubs and painting groups. Violette Stevens, whose name appeared in newspapers of the time as Violet, grew up to work for the U.S. Forest Service as a stenographer and also worked as assistant county clerk prior to marrying Mr. R.S. Nyhagen on April 24, 1919. We have other biographical details on her, which we’d be glad to share with the purchaser of her lovely artwork.
The painting measures approximately 9 inches by 9 inches including the 1/2 inch wide gilded wood frame, carved with flowing Art Nouveau designs. The artwork, frame and glass are all in excellent condition with no damage and very little wear. With its petite size, this painting is perfect to hang or prop on a shelf or easel, alone or as part of a grouping.