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Hayley Lever landscape painting - River Lea, England

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Richard Hayley Lever (Australian/American, 1876-1958) small oil on canvas board titled, River Lea, England. Size: 10 inches x 8 inches. Dated on verso 1912. Signed in the lower left and titled on the reverse. Condition: nice original condition, with some overall craquelure to the painted surface. Offered in a carved and gilded wood frame. A native of Australia, Hayley Lever traveled to England in 1889, where he studied art in London and joined an artist's colony in St. Ives, Cornwall. He emigrated to the United States in 1912, where he began exhibiting his paintings in New York City, as well as teaching at the Art Students League. He was a friend of Ernest Lawson, and his work was strongly influenced by Vincent Van Gogh. He refused to be allied with any particular style or movement, stating, "Art is the re-creation of mood in line, form and color. If I were confined to my own back yard for the rest of my life, I'd still have more pictures in my mind than I would have time to paint. Art is nothing but having a good time." Lever had a Vermont connection as he served as the director of the Art Students League's Green Mountain Summer Art School in Stowe in 1933. His paintings are in numerous prominent collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Academy of Design, the Penn. Academy of Fine Arts, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Corcoran Museum. Van Gogh's influence is apparent in Lever's treatment of the clouds in this painting.