Hallie Pace Prow (1868-1945)
Country Neighbors (1932)
Oil on Board
20 x 24 inches
Signed Lower Right
This painting was featured in our weekly email on 5/8/15 along with the following gallery comments:
Hallie Pace Prow (pronounced ‘Proh’) was born in Salem, IN and moved to Bloomington in the late 19th century after marrying Fred Prow, a Bloomington dentist. She began painting later in life and among her mentors was an elderly T.C. Steele. Steele was Artist in Residence at Indiana University beginning in 1922 and that’s likely how they became acquainted. Steele’s influence is evident in pieces Prow produced though the 1920s and into the 1930s. My experience is these ‘earlier’ works were more completed and contained more ‘painterly’ touches. In pieces tied to the 1940s that effect seems to have been lost. Today’s painting, Country Neighbors, is a fun, seasonal example of Prow’s work. A thoughtful and nicely finished piece depicting a barren beech and a redbud in bloom in a clearing outside Bloomington – maybe this is where John Mellencamp would build his compound sixty years later? The painting has been cleaned and is in flawless condition with no in-painting. It came to us without a frame and we have paired it with a tooled, gold reproduction frame which complements it well. A happy example from one of Indiana’s early and revered women artists.
- Curt Churchman, Fine Estate Art & Rugs
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