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Up for sale from a recent estate in Honolulu Hawaii, this 1930s Hawaii framed charcoal on grey paper painting that is untitled depicting the bust of a young Hawaiian woman that was created by the locally well known artist Madge Tennent (1889-1972). The condition is described above for more information please check the photos. This painting and the other 17x pieces are from a local estate that was connected directly with the artist and was holding a good deal of her pieces.
Painting (sight) 21.5 inches x 17 inches
Frame 28.5 inches x 24 inches
More about the artist:
Madge Tennent
American born in England (1889-1972)
Madge Tennent, born Madeline Cook in Dulwich, England, moved with her family to Cape Town, South Africa when she was five. At the age of twelve, she entered an art school in Cape Town, and the following year her parents, who recognized and encouraged her talent, moved to Paris to enable Madeline to study there. In Paris, she studied figure drawing under William Bouguereau, an experience that laid the technical foundation for her later figural drawings and paintings. She and her family subsequently returned to South Africa, and after her marriage in 1915 to Hugh Cowper Tennent, she relocated to his native New Zealand. In 1917 they moved to British Samoa where Tennent started her love affair with the Polynesian people. While on leave in Australia, she studied with Julian Ashton "and learned" she said, "to draw for the very first time. Julian Ashton founded the Sydney Art School in 1890. He was an ardent disciple of Impressionist painting and claimed to have executed the first "plein air" landscape in Australia. In 1923 the Tennents left Samoa to go to England, stopping in Hawai'i. They were entranced with the islands and decided to stay.
Madge Tennent helped to support her family by taking commissions to paint and draw portraits of children. A friend's gift of a book on Gauguin set her on an artistic course that lasted fifty years, during which she portrayed Hawaiian women in a style that increasingly became her own. She was active in Hawai'i from the 1930's to the 1960's. "The Hawaiians are really to me the most beautiful people in the world: she once said, "no doubt about it - the Hawaiian is a piece of living sculpture". Using grand swirls of oil Tennent portrayed Hawaiian women as solidly fleshed and majestic - larger than life - capturing in rhythmic forms the very essence of their being. They are strong, serene and proud. Her method of working with impasto - applying thick layers of paint to achieve a graceful, perfectly balanced composition - is evident in Lei Queen Fantasia. Everything on the canvas whirls. The paint is applied in whirls in what might be called the "Tennent whirl" - the colors bright and luminous. Tennent envisioned Hawaiian Kings and Queens as having descended from Gods of heroic proportion, intelligent and brave, bearing a strong affinity to the Greeks in their legends and persons. She was criticized for her portrayal of larger size women but to her Hawaiian women fulfilled the standards of classic Greek Beauty.

Since 2006, Andres Harnisch Brokerage has specialized in selling art, antiques, jewelry, and collectibles. Harnisch is a certified personal property appraiser and holds accreditation through the Certified Appraisers Guild of America and the International Fine Art Appraisers. The company is the only brokerage in Hawaii to receive 'Professional Status' in the American Society of Estate Liquidators.

Reserve: $499.00

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  • Condition
    The painting is overall in good pre-owned condition, minor stains in places, was not inspected out of the frame, it was purchased directly from the artist, frame and mat with abrasions and stains
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    30s Hawaii Painting Bust of a Woman Madge Tennent

    Estimate $600 - $700Apr 15, 2020
    Starting Price $340
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    Ships fromJasper52 seller #120147 in Hawaii
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