American ( b.1878 - d.1957 )
|Image size||11.4 inches x 8.3 inches ( 29cm x 21cm )|
|Frame size||19.7 inches x 16.5 inches ( 50cm x 42cm )|
Available for sale from Big Sky Fine Art; this original oil painting by Robert Emmett Owen.
The painting is presented and supplied in its’ original ornate frame (which is shown in these photographs).
Robert Emmett Owen was a successful American artist, best known for his impressionist views of rural landscapes. His colour filled paintings capture the moods and seasonal splendor of the New England countryside.
He was born in North Adams, Massachusetts in 1878. He began his art studies at Drury Academy in his hometown and quickly gained notice. At age 19, in 1897, he had several drawings accepted for publication by Life Magazine. The following year he received a scholarship to the Eric Pape School of Art in Boston, where he worked in the art department of the Boston Globe to pay for his studies.
Owen moved to New York City in 1901 where he rapidly achieved renown as an illustrator and worked for various publications including Harper’s Bazaar, Frank Leslie’s Popular Monthly, Scribner’s and Cosmopolitan while continuing his training at the Art Students League, the Chase School, and the National Academy of Design.
In 1910 Owen moved to Bagnall, Connecticut, to concentrate on landscapes full time. He had the opportunity there to paint outdoors in all seasons. He also received numerous commissions from many prominent citizens. In 1919, Temple Gwathmey, former president of the New York Stock Exchange, commissioned a series of twenty paintings, and in 1923,
Stephen H. P. Pell commissioned a series of images for Fort Ticonderoga, eight of which were reproduced as full-page illustrations in Harper’s. Owen also received commissions from Percy Rockefeller and Edward Stettinus, former Secretary of State.
Owen moved back to New York City in 1920, and opened his own gallery while continuing to do magazine illustrations. The gallery, called the Robert Emmett Owen New England Landscape Gallery, only exhibited and sold his own work. It moved several times during the next 21 years, always remaining successful until Owen closed it in 1941 when the United States entered the Second World War and moved to New Rochelle, New York to be the artist-in-residence at the Thomas Paine Memorial Museum.
His work was well liked by both critics and the public and examples are held by the Frick Art Museum, New York, the Bruce Museum, Connecticut and the Greenwich Public Library. Owen died in New Rochelle in 1957.
This painting is a feast for the eyes, depicting a New England cottage garden in all its glory. The cottage has a double gabled front aspect with bright red tiles and a chimney. The sash windows, with their traditional small paned glass, are open to welcome the sun and on the garden lawn is a wooden arm chair, positioned at a table, upon which there is an open book. The scene just invites you to step in and sit down; to take in the sight of the Vines and Wisteria, growing all around the cottage and over the veranda, the yellow flowers climbing the wall, the red rose trees and the red geraniums, standing proudly in neat rows in their earthenware plant pots. The mood is relaxed yet civilised, with the emphasis on simple wholesome pleasures that are still desired and aspired to even to this day.