This is a magnificent original museum quality signed oil on canvas painting by internationally acclaimed artist DORIS EMRICK LEE (American, 1905-1983), circa 1950.
This rare original oil is entitled “Bells on the Trees” and is signed by the artist on the front lower right “Doris Lee”. It measures 20” x 24” and is framed in a wood frame for a total size of 27” x 31” (there is some wear to the frame). It is in very good condition and has been professionally relined. PROVENANCE: With Sid Deutsch Gallery, New York, N.Y. Sale: Cline-Owings Art Auction, lot 172, n.d.; Private Seattle Collection. EXHIBITED: New York, New York, Kraushaar Galleries, Inc., Significant Others: Artist Wives of Artists, January 9 - February 27, 1993. Authenticity is GUARANTEED. Doris Lee is a highly collectible artist with extensive auction records at major auction houses, including an auction high of $33,000. (Sotheby’s, New York, 11/30/1989.) Gallery retail prices are always much higher. Please scroll down on the item description to view additional photographs. Shipping is $65.00 within the US only, please email for international shipping rates. Payment is due within 4 days. Please view my other auctions and eBay store for additional museum quality fine art and collectibles, including another rare Doris Lee signed original oil.
Doris Emrick Lee was born in Aledo, IL, on Feb. 1, 1905. Lee was the daughter of a merchant-banker, she was the fourth in a family of six children. Her great-grandfather had retired from farming to paint. She was educated at Lake Forest, Illinois, and Rockford College, where she was a student instructor in fine arts, and majored in philosophy. Upon Graduation she married Russell Werner Lee, A chemical engineer from Ottawa, Illinois. They went to Paris for five months and there she studied with Andre L'Hote. Returning to America, she continued her art study in Kansas City under Ernest Lawson, a gifted Social realist and member of "The Eight", a group of painters associated with the ashcan group. Lee later studied at the San Francisco School of Fine Art under Arnold Blanch. An American born scene painter whose artistic style bordered on modernism, Doris Lee has been included in many books on modern art. In 1931 Lee Settled in the Woodstock Artist Colony in Woodstock, New York and continued to live there, dividing her time between her studio there and New York's Fourteenth Street. She enjoyed the company of many of the top artists in the country. She was an active member/exhibitor at the Woodstock Art Association where her works are part of the permanent collection. It was in Woodstock where Lee found the inspiration from nature to paint her best works. Before painting a picture, Doris Lee made many quick pencil sketches which she later uses as notes in working out paintings. She was known for Genre, portraits, landscapes, trains, horses, birds and industrial city scenes. She was married to the artist Arnold Blanch in 1939 and for many years she lived and worked in Woodstock, NY and for a while she maintained a studio in New York City. During her life many prestigious institutions exhibited her works including the Whitney Museum; Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh; NY and San Francisco World's Fairs; Association of American Artists and others. These Works often reflected her Midwestern heritage. The naive almost folksy manner in which she painted made her popular among her contemporaries and patrons as well. She was a member of various art related organizations including, An American Group; American Society of Painters; Sculptors and Gravers and the Woodstock Art Association. She passed away in 1983.
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