This oil on canvas board is a treat for the eyes. A great example of bravura brushwork. Really top-notch. It came out of a collection in Hemet years ago and got lost in our inventory until recently. We are so glad to have found it. Still sporting its original frame and under glass all these years. The only damage to the piece is in the lower right corner where it fell out of the frame. Easy restoration and actually hardly noticeable in the frame.
8″ x 10″ in size. Price on request.
Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on Aug. 8, 1871. In his youth Donovan worked in Detroit at various jobs including steward and manager of the Detroit Boat Club. While employed there, he began painting in the winters and attended John Ward Dunsmore Art School. He then worked as a cartoonist-reporter for the Detroit Free Press. At the turn of the century he further studied art in London, Paris, and Ireland. Upon returning in 1904, he married the daughter of a San Bernardino rancher. Settling in Los Angeles, he was active in the local art scene. Donovan died there on Jan. 9, 1941. Exh: Calif. State Fair, 1893; Nicholson Gallery (Pasadena), 1907; Steckel Gallery (LA), 1907, 1912.
Source: Edan Hughes, “Artists in California, 1786-1940”
Southern California Artists (Nancy Moure); Artists of the American West (Doris Dawdy); Los Angeles