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William B. Hoyt painting - Pursuit of Happiness

William B. Hoyt painting - Pursuit of Happiness

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Directory: Fine Art: Paintings: Oil: N. America: American: Pre 2000: Item # 1356870

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William B. Hoyt (American, 1945 - present) - Pursuit of Happiness. Oil on canvas. Dated 1990. Size: 48 inches x 60 inches (frame size: 54.5 inches x 66.5 inches). Signed and dated in lower right. In this thought-provoking work, the acclaimed Vermont painter, William B. Hoyt, portrays a timeless challenge: the 'Pursuit of Happiness.' This is a painting on a painting. The background of this colossal painting displays his version of the Spanish old master, Diego Velasquez's 'Joseph's Bloody Coat,' painted in 1630, where we see five of Joseph's muscular brothers presenting his stripped and bloodied coat to their father, Jacob, falsely proclaiming his violent death. In opposition to the old testament story of male deception, bondage and betrayal, Hoyt has boldly placed, in the foreground, a nude young female, who has stripped away her green cloth covering and is free to unashamedly pursue whatever happiness awaits her, as she freely sails into the future of her choice. Hoyt was born in New Haven, Connecticut, the son of an avid sailer father and portrait artist mother. Much of his time was spent in the yachting community of Newport, Rhode Island. Hoyt studied art at Yale with Jack Tworkov and began portrait painting while serving in the U.S. Navy. In the early 1970s, Hoyt moved to Vermont, living initially in Barnard, and presently residing in Hartland. Hoyt has been described as a painter of 'classic realism,' whose subjects are frequently juxtaposed against a backdrop of symbolism. His attention to detail is exceptional, and his paintings frequently incorporate an underlying life lesson waiting to be discovered by the viewer.