Artist: Harry Herman Roseland
Artist Dates: 1866/68 - 1950
Country of Origin: United States of America
Title & Description: Painting depicts three women creating a love potion.
Oprah Winfrey has stated that her favorite picture in her own collection is, ironically, Roseland’s wrenching portrayal of “a woman who is about to be sold into slavery and separated from her young daughter,” To the Highest Bidder. (Oprah has two more of Roseland’s paintings in her library.)
Signature: Signed lower left
Date of Work: Dated (19)30 lower left
Work Size: 16" H x 24" W
Frame Size: 20" H x 27" W x 1" D
Weight: 4 pounds
Condition: Unlined with minor in-paint.
Artist Biography: A notable genre painters of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Harry Roseland was born in Brooklyn, New York and remained there throughout his career. Unlike many of his contemporaries, he did not travel to Europe. He was largely self taught as an artist but did some study with J.B. Whittaker in Brooklyn.
At a time when abstract art was gaining ascendency, Roseland chose to paint what he saw in a realist style and early in his career painted landscapes and still lifes. But he soon discovered that his real interest was painting that told a story.
His early subjects were sentimental and depicted fashionable people, rural folk, and idealized farm scenes. He painted humorous scenes of blacks in Northern settings during the post-Civil War period.
He was a member of the Brooklyn Arts Club, the Brooklyn Society of Artists*, the Brooklyn Painters Society, and the Salmagundi Club*.
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