Bessie Pease Gutmann 1876–1960
Bessie Gutmann was an American artist and illustrator most noted for her paintings of infants and young children. During the early 1900s Gutmann was considered one of the better-known magazine and book illustrators in the United States. Her artwork was featured on 22 magazine covers such as Woman's Home Companion and McCall's between 1906 and 1920. She also illustrated popular children's books including a notable 1907 edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. (Wikipedia)
Her greatest recognition came from her series of hand-colored prints which highlighted the innocence of young children. Having three children of her own, the infants painted were usually her own.
Gutmann used color washes (a transparent layer of diluted color that is brushed on) to achieve the final luminescence of "The Butterfly", where a charming cherub notices a butterfly sailing into view as an apparent kindred spirit.
At this point in Bessie's career, her work had taken on a fully three-dimensional look with the use of shading and manipulation. This image was first published as a print in 1912 and met with immediate success.
Due to her failing eyesight she retired from drawing in 1947.
The frame has slight wear on the bottom left. The print is in good condition, ready to hang.
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Frame: 19" x 14" Image: 12 3/4" x 9 1/2"