George Arthur Hays, American, 1854-1934, "Pastoral Landscape With Cows". This is a great original painting by George Arthur Hays, with several cows resting in a verdant landscape. Oil on canvas, 8 x 10 inches, 1908, signed lower left, signed and dated on the back of the canvas, in an ornate period gilt frame. George Arthur Hays was born in Greenville, NH, but lived for most of his adult life in Providence, Rhode Island. Although Hays had very little formal training, he was a successful artist known for his Barbizon inspired landscapes, many with cows or sheep. Hays was a member of many prestigious artist associations including the Providence Art Club, the Copley Society, and the Society for Independent Artists.