RACHEL HARTLEY (American 1884-1959),"Florida Sunset" circa 1935, oil on canvas,signed lower right, very good condition, 24" x 20", nice gilt frame 32" x 28". This scene is probably Clearwater or Crystal Beach , Florida.
Rachel Hartley, American born 1884 in New York City was the daughter of the very well established sculptor J. Scot Hartley and granddaughter of the renowned American landscape painter George Innes.
She began to paint and sketch at the age of 10, later studying art at the American Student League and becoming a respected member of the ASL during her career. She also held membership and exhibited at the Pen & Ink Club, NYC, and the National and Washington Art Clubs. She exhibited (solo) in 1922; Mac Beth Galleries NYC, (solo) 1926; Pen & Brush Club, NYC (solo) 1927 - among many other national venues. Hartley was friendly with Sargent, Whistler and Hassam.
Works by Hartley are held in the permanent collection of the Museum in Georgetown in British Guyana and in numerous private and corporate collections.
Rachel Hartley served as resident artist for a Beebee Research Expedition to British Guyana in 1916. She fell in love with the cultures she encountered and returned throughout her lifetime to paint in West Indies and South America. Some of these examples are truly marvelous. Hartley also spent part of each year in Crystal Beach, Florida, where she became a founder of the Clearwater Museum, now the Florida Gulf Coast Art Center. She produced many works during this time, painting in on the Mississippi, Alabama and Florida Gulf coast.
Hartley's work is very much rooted in the finest American Impressionist Plein Air traditions. Her compositions possess wonderful coloration, creating a quasi-poetic depiction of the scenes.
Listed: Who was Who in American Art; Mantle Fielding's; Mallett's Index of Artists; Davenport's, and others.