George Herbert Baker (1878-1943)
Pastel on Board
6 x 9 inches
Signed Lower Left
This painting appeared in our weekly email on 5/27/16 with the following gallery comments:
George Herbert Baker spent nearly his whole adult life in Richmond and while he was instrumental in the development of the Richmond art colony, he was also very much an outsider. He got his nose bent out of joint with the Richmond Art Association and avoided working with them for half his life. He’s known as a colorist, imparting sometimes other-worldly hues into his work. Baker worked oil, pastel and watercolor. For more info on Baker and the Richmond group as a whole, see Shaun Dingwerth’s recent (and excellent) book: The Richmond Group Artists. Today’s piece, Summer Path (our title) is a nicely representative pastel. It features a lane flanked by a row of trees and it’s dense with pigment. It was housed in a very old frame and the inherited set-up was an acidic mess. We’ve represented it with all acid-free materials and it’s ready to hang. A modest yet pleasing example from a longtime Richmond ‘outsider.’
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