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after Joseph Morris Raphael 1869 - 1950

Born in Jackson, California in 1869, Joseph Raphael studied at the School of Design in San Francisco with teachers Arthur Mathews and Douglas Tilden. At age 33, he traveled to Paris in 1902 and studied in Paris at the Ecole Des Beaux-Arts and Academie Julian. He would remain in Europe nearly for forty years, dividing the majority of his time in Holland, France and Belgium. During this time, he would send paintings to his native home where his San Francisco agent would offer his work on the American market. 1n 1939, he escaped the coming tide of war in Europe and returned to San Francisco. For the next eleven years, he kept a Sutter Street studio until his death in late 1950.

He was greatly influenced by the French impressionists, and promoted French Impressionism in California. As a father of five, he often enlisted his children to serve as models for his works, placing them in flower gardens.
Source: Askart, Artists in California 1786 - 1940, Edan Milton Hughes, 3d ed.

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Joseph Morris Raphael Garden Party

after Joseph Morris Raphael
"Garden Party"
Oil on canvas on board 7 7/8 x 10
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We cannot attribute this work to Joseph M. Raphael at this time. Although the palette. subject matter, size, and general affect are similar to a number of his works, there are notable discrepancies. Foremost, the strokes are not the typical shapes for this artist in his paintings of this kind of scene, nor are they applied to leave uncovered ground space around the strokes as can be observed in small examples that have sold at high prices in the current market. There is some awkwardness in the limbs of the figures that does not seem to be typical. Although the treatment of the face of the main figure, as lacking much detail, is not without precedent, this seems oversimplified in comparison with other examples. Although the artist would sometimes sign with the initials "JR" no other examples have been found where all three initials were used. This painting appears in the auction records as having been offered on January 26, 2005 by James D. Julia, Inc., as the work of Raphael, having been placed at auction by the prior owner, but did not sell. A very similar painting with full signature and similar title and subject was sold as Lot 125 at the same auction for $14,950. The two paintings were reported acquired by a prior owner from and Eastern estate. This painting is a fine decorative piece of substantial age in an excellent frame and will be sold only as such.

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