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Herbert Laurence Davidson (b1930) American Listed Large Oil Harlequin Portrai

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Herbert Laurence Davidson (born 1930)American Listed Large Oil Harlequin Portrait

Up for sale is vintage original oil on canvas painting by American artist Herbert Laurence Davidson (born 1930). This large painting is very well executed. It depicts a portrait of the harlequin against brick wall with some ripped posters.

The painting itself is measuring about 40” (102 cm) by 20” (51 cm), and the frame is about 48” (122 cm) by 28” (71 cm).

It is signed by the artist in the lower right corner

This painting would be a very sound investment and a great addition to any collection.

Herbert Laurence Davidson (born 1930)

Featured in 1980 as the cover artist for The American Artist Magazine, an in-depth biographical look showed Mr. Davidson to be a fiercely independent, technically perfect artist whose works have become even more self demanding. Perfection by itself, however, is really of little value unless the end product conveys a sense of character or soul within the artistic endeavor. To this end Mr. Davidson’s portraits of people carry a unique quality of the inner person. Sought nationally from many important sources, Herb usually prefers not to accept commercial assignments, but instead picks and chooses those consigments which he finds personally interesting, challenging, or satisfying.

Davidson has been painting in the detailed, highly polished style that characterizes his work since shortly after he graduated in 1956 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Upon graduation, he was awarded a traveling fellowship and, for the next year-and-a-half, he roamed around Europe, spending most of his time painting and studying in Florence.

His formal training is both extensive and impressive, having studied at the Academia de Belli Arte in Italy and having graduated from the Art Institute in Chicago . He seldom exhibits at shows anymore, but when he was active in this area his exhibition record was outstanding. American shows included the Butler Institute of American Art, The Art Institute in Chicago, the Illinois State Museum as well as exhibits in five foreign countries. He is listed in the Dictionary of International Biograph, Who’s Who in American Art, and Who’s Who in the Midwest.

The creative life Herbert Davidson pursues is simple, ordered, and solitary, like the pictures he paints. In a sense his pictures are his life, records of the things he sees, of the people he knows and meets, of the experiences he has. Like seeds, he plants these experiences daily in the back of his mind and some take root, grow, and eventually bear fruit.

Davidson has used the same palette for years. It consists of burnt umber, raw and burnt sienna, phthalocyanine blue and green, ultramarine blue, alizarin crimson, titanium white, and the cadmiums—red light, orange, and yellow medium. He uses ivory black only to lay in his initial sketch. He prefers linseed oil as a medium because it is a slow drier. The slower the paint dries, the longer he is able to work back into his paintings, which is important for the tonal effect he tries to create.

The haunting mystery and sometimes lonely character of his work gives the work of the artist a very special expression of character that few artists possess. Mood and setting are quite important to Davidson and have even become more important over the years. In his early work, he wasn’t as concerned with those elements or with what he calls “focusing in on the figure.” He says his early work may have contained those elements, but it was probably unintentional. “Now I search it out, strive for it.” (from!herbert-davidson/c17e9 )

Please don’t confuse our low starting bid or discounted price with the actual value of the piece.

Please note that most of the items we sell are vintage or antique, and therefore they have some imperfections due to age, wear, etc. Anything I consider significant I would mention in the description. I’m describing the items to the best of my knowledge, however please ask any verifying questions or additional photos prior to bidding.


Shipping Details

Buyer pays cost of $185.00 with the frame or $82.00 unframed for Continental US,
$89.00 with the frame or $42.00 unframed in Ontario and Quebec,
and $115.00 with the frame or $64.00 unframed the rest of Canadian provinces.

Delivery within GTA, Hamilton or Niagara Peninsula area would be $35.00, or buyers are welcome to pick up the painting at no extra charge.

We do ship worldwide, please contact s for your county destination..

If purchased outside of Canada, buyer is responsible for any customs and duty fees, should they be assessed, as each country has different import/customs regulations.

We are also trying to be cooperative with our customers in regards to theirs preferences in shipping issues.

We take great care in packing the items to make sure they arrive safely, and all of our items are fully insured. We do everything possible on our part to ensure safe shipping, but we cannot be responsible for the work of the Postal Services and any loss or damage caused by them; however we will assist with insurance claim if needed.

Payment Details

Payment is expected within 7 days after the end of the auction, unless other arrangements have been made.

Canadian residents please add 5% GST or 12-15% HST where applicable.

Canadian buyers are welcome to pay in Canadian funds at ACTUAL exchange rate, so each of us would save 2,5-3,5% on bank's exchange fees. Just let us know that you wish to pay in $C and we will send you an invoice, so you could pay either via PayPal or Interac e-Transfer.

Moreover, when you are paying us in Canadian funds via bank wire-transfer or Interac e-transfer it saves us about 5% on such transaction and we would gladly pass that to you in a form of equal discount.

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