He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
Oil-on-canvas, signed lower left;
Titled on the reverse and inscribed on a paper label affixed to the reverse: “This picture was painted at Flatlands, LI . The girl, the farmer’s daughter and the hired help. Ever truly yours, Harry Roseland
Painting: 30” x 24”
Frame: 35 ½” x 29 ¾”
Born in Brooklyn, NY, Roseland was largely self-taught. He received some education in art under Thomas Eakins, C. Beckwith and J.B. Whittaker in Brooklyn where he was a member of the Brooklyn Art Club, the Brooklyn Painters and Sculptor’s Association and the Brooklyn Society of Painters.
Although he began his career painting landscapes and still lifes, he gravitated to genre paintings that “told a story” specializing in interior genres that show men discussing art and literature in smoke-filled libraries; black fortune tellers reading white women's palms and tea leaves; and post-Civil War African Americans engaged in common everyday activities.
Roseland’s work was well received and he exhibited extensively at the National Academy of Design, the Boston Art Club and the American Art Society of Philadelphia, and others, garnering numerous awards.