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William Steene

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Oil on Board
Signed William Steene Lower Right
19 7/8 x 24 inches
Frame 27 x 31 1/4 inches
Some loss to frame

William R. Steene (1888-1965), a versatile painter from New York, made his livelihood in the South with history paintings, murals, and portraits. Based for many years in New Orleans, he worked for two years in Columbus and frequently visited the Gulf Coast before he moved to Ocean Springs for the last fourteen years of his life. Born in Syracuse, he attended the National Academy of Design, where he studies with Robert Henri and Kenyon Cox, the Art Students’ League, where he was a student of William Merritt Chase, and several institutions in Paris: Fontainebleau School of Art, Colarossi Academie, Academie Julian, and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. While living in New Orleans, he painted a mural at the Louisiana State Museum to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase. He also painted murals for the Raleigh (North Carolina) Historical Society, the Galveston (Texas) City Hall, the Oklahoma statehouse, and the county courthouse in Fayetteville, Arkansas. In Mississippi, his work is in the Mississippi Hall of Fame, the Mississippi Hall of Governors, and at Mississippi State University and Mississippi University for Women. His canvas Tea Leaves, at the Mississippi Art Museum, clearly shows the influence of his years of study with Chase and Cox and perhaps indicates the style he would have chosen had the market been there. Source: Art in Mississippi 1720-1980 by Patti Carr Black. I believe this is a New York City scene, possibly Manhattan, on 5th avenue facing south. Possibly a view of Washington Square Park Arch in the distance.