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Harry Roseland
Harvesters at Rest
Oil on canvas
30 x 20 1/8 in.

Harry Roseland

(American, 1866-1950)

Harry Herman Roseland was a one of America's finest genre painters during the 19th and early 20th century. He was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1866 and died in that city in 1950. He studied with Thomas Eakins, C. Beckwith; J.B. Whittaker (in Brooklyn) and was a member of the Brooklyn Art Club (1896); the Brooklyn Painters and Sculptor’s Association and the Brooklyn Society of Painters.

In 1888, Roseland won his first gold medal at the Brooklyn Art Club. Other awards include medals at the National Academy of Design (1900); Boston Art Club (1900; gold in 1904); Charleston Exposition (1902); American Art Society, Philadelphia (1902; gold in 1907); Brooklyn Society of Artists (1930) and more.

Roseland is represented in the permanent collections at the Brooklyn Institute of Art and Sciences; Charleston Art Museum; Huntington Library, San Marino, CA; Huntington Art Museum; Jackson Museum, Michigan; Heckscher Museum, Long Island, New York and more.

Roseland lived throughout his career in New York and never traveled to Europe. He became famous for painting common laborers in fields, picking cotton or berries in and around the New York and New England coastal areas, and he specialized in interior genres that shows men discussing art and literature in smoke-filled libraries; black fortune tellers reading white women's palms and tea leaves; and post-Civil War African Americans engaged in common everyday activities. He exhibited at the National Academy from 1884 paintings that showed people praying; gossiping; reading or delivering letters; sewing; interiors filled with activity and joy; black fortune tellers; and old men talking in the privacy of a den or library.

References: Who's Who in American Art, 1947; Who Was Who in American Art, vol. iii, p. 2824; Three Hundred Years of American Art, p. 619; Exhibition of the National Academy, 1861-1900, vol. ii; The Annual Exhibition Record of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; Annual Exhibition Record of the Art Institute of Chicago.