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Hayley Lever
Fishing Harbor, Brittiny

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Signed lower right and dated 1930. Lever’s “Fishing Harbor in Brittany” is as much a scene celebrating the boats and quaint architecture of coastal France, as it is a nod to its humble inhabitants. From the paved stone walkway of the quai and beyond, a hazy golden light pervades the scene of fishermen and fishmongers passing along the day’s catch. The angled composition is more an artist’s decision and nod to Van Gogh, whose work Lever highly prized and idealized, and by extension, Van Gogh and other late 19th century Impressionist and post- Impressionist painters’ interest and emulation of the cropped Japanese style of compositions found in ukioyo-e prints. Lever’s brushstrokes are by turn broad and sensitive, accurately rendering the surroundings without bestowing an undue sense of weight in the watery scene, the light glancing gently off the water, as well as the well-worn and weathered town and its people. Artist Biography Born in Adelaide, Australia, Hayley Lever was known for his town-shore landscapes and still-life painting in a style that combined impressionism with vivid colors and strong lines of realism---post impressionism. In his use of color, he was deeply influenced by Vincent Van Gogh. He freely explored numerous styles based on impressionism but was never locked into any particular style. He showed early art talent and traveled to England in 1893. He studied art in London and then painted at an artists' colony in Cornwall on the seacoast of St. Ives where he began his seacoast paintings. He received much attention in Europe for these works. In 1908, he did a series of paintings called "Van Gogh's Hospital, Holland" expressing the profound influence he felt of that artist. Lever came to America in 1911, encouraged by American artist Ernest Lawson whom he knew in France, and was soon counted among the most widely exhibited artists in New York City. Many of his scenes were of Manhattan. He had a summer studio in Gloucester, Massachusetts and from 1919 to 1931 taught at the Art Students League in New York City. He also became Director of the Studio Art Club in Mount Vernon, New York. Lever imparted to his students the following message: "Art is the re-creation of mood in line, form and color. If I were confined to my own back yard for the rest of my life, I'd still have more pictures in my mind than I would have time to paint. Art is nothing but having a good time" (Comenos Fine Art). He died in Mount Vernon, New York in 1958, having suffered ill health the last few years of his life. He received many awards and critical acclaim and his works were purchased by major American museums, such as New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and Washington's Phillips Collection and Corcoran Museum. Credit: askart

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