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GEORGE BARSE, Jr. Winged Beauty. A soft study of an awakening allegorical nude predating Barse's visually similar campaign work for the N.K. Fairbank Soap Company in 1904. Watercolor on paper. 565x305 mm; 22 1/4x12 inches. Signed and dated, "Barse Jr. N.A. 1901" in lower left image. Framed.
Barse (1861-1938) was an American artist and illustrator who perfected the genre of allegorical and romantic subjects. He left Kansas City, Missouri in 1878 to study in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux Arts and the Academie Julian where he received numerous awards and accolades. After his studies, he moved to Italy where he met and married Rosina Ferrara, muse of John Singer Sargent. Upon returning to the United States, he continued to create award-winning paintings and commissions including a series of eight allegorical panels for the Library of Congress in 1895.
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