Oriental Still Life by Josephine E. Hyde

Oriental Still Life by Josephine E. Hyde

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Directory: Fine Art: Paintings: Oil: N. America: Pre 1940: Item # 861213
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This is an original oil painting on canvas panel mounted on wooden stretchers.

It measures 21 3/4 x 28 inches, not including the carved and gilded period frame it sits in. It measures 26 x 30 inches, including the frame.

It is signed, Josephine E. Hyde in the lower left corner of the canvas. It is also stamped "OTIS" & "HYDE" on the cross braces on the reverse side of the painting. Otis Hyde was Josephine's husband and a very well known artist in his own right. It would appear that Josephine "borrowed" some of her husband's art supplies for her own use.

The subject is a still life wth a small Japanese figure seated on a table with an oriental carpet, with a green pitcher and a Chinese porcelain charger.

The painting is in excellent condition. It has a few tiny scuff marks near the signature that can be easily touched up.

It is painted in a broad pallette of colors: toned down by both time and grime. It could use a good cleaning to make the already strong colors even more vivid and bright.


Artist Biography:

Josephine Hyde was a listed California painter born in Columbus, Ohio in 1885.

She studied at Stanford University with painters, Nell Walker Warner, Edward Withers and Will Foster. She became an art teacher in the Los Angeles and Long Beach school systems from 1923 to the 1950’s. She was also married to the well known artist, Otis Hyde. She died in 1965.

She was a member of the California Art Club, Women Painters of the West, Long Beach Art Association, Painters of the Southwest, and the La Jolla Art Association.

She is listed in Who’s Who in American Art 1953-1962, Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Milton Hughes, Davenport’s Art Reference & Price Guide.

She is also listed on the internet with biographical information and auction sale listing on