Maud Marion Wear (1873-1955)

Artist Name Maud Marion Wear (1873-1955)
Title Portrait of a Girl Holding Wool
Description This beautiful British Edwardian portrait oil painting is by noted and much exhibited female artist Maud Marion Wear. Wear trained at the Royal Academy Schools in London for five years and then went on to combine teaching art and exhibiting for over forty years including 45 works at the Royal Academy. Her painting were mainly portraits and figure studies. This lovey painting, painted circa 1905 is a three quarter length portrait of a young woman in front of a leaded window. She is wearing a dark dress with lace collar and lace cap. In her hands she holds a ball of tangerine wool. These colours are beautifully echoed by the autumnal trees behind her through the window. She is gazing down to her right. This painting is absolutely exquisite in its colouring with the vivid orange and greens behind her and her rosy cheeks and red lips. The sympathetic soft focus detail in her face is also superb. This is a fantastic example of Wear's work as a female artist and is just a pleasure to behold.  

Indistinctly signed lower right. 

Signed 'Maud M Wear' on stretcher verso. 
Provenance Essex estate. 
Medium Oil on Canvas
Size 22 x 36 inches
Frame Housed in a gilt oak frame 43 inches by 29 inches and in good condition.
Condition Good condition.
Biography Maud Marian Wear (1873-1955) was a British artist, known as a painter and miniaturist. Wear was born in London to a local women and a wine merchant's clerk from Yorkshire, who later became a newspaper correspondent. Wear was raised in Hackney and privately educated at Eastbourne before entering the Royal Academy Schools in 1896-1901. During her five years at the Academy Schools, Wear won a silver medal for a painting of the draped figure. Subsequently, she combined teaching at the London County Council Central School of Arts and Crafts with an exhibition career that was noted for its portraits and figure studies. Wear exhibited between 1900-1940 and showed a total of 45 works at the Royal Academy in London and also exhibited with the New English Art Club, the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, the Royal Miniature Society and at the Glasgow Art Gallery, the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and the Paris Salon. For a time, Wear lived at Blockley in Gloucestershire but moved between several locations in southern England during her life and died at Hove in East Sussex.
Price £7500
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