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Theodore Earl Butler painting

Sunset at Veules-les-Roses, Normandy region


Theodore Earl Butler

Columbo 1861 – 1936 Giverny

Oil on canvas, 32.09 x 32.09 in. / 81,5 x 81,5 cm. Signed and dated lower right.
Original artists label from Giverny and New York address written by hand for storing or exhibition on the stretcher.
Housed in a modern black color setting and gold leaf frame, size 40.16 x 40.16 in. / 102 x 102 cm.

Patrick Weil Bertrand, Oakland, CA, has kindly confirmed the authenticity and will include this painting in his forthcoming Catalogue raisonné.
Two other versions of this subject are known. One with similar size is holding since 1991 by the Musée de Vernon. A smaller version is in the collection of the University of New Mexico, USA.

Price: upon request

This highly important and atmospheric painting is by the famous Franco-American impressionist painter Theodore Earl Butler (1861-1936), signed and dated lower right.

Regarding his biography, Butler studied in Ohio and graduated in 1882. He then moved to Paris to continue his studies at La Grande-Chaumière, Atelier Colarossi and at Académie Julian.

Soon thereafter, Butler received recognition from the Paris Salon, garnering an honorable mention in 1888 for his painting La Veuve (The Widow). That same year he visited Giverny for the first time. It made such an impression on him that in 1892 he settled there, calling the quiet village home and becoming part of a vital art community. That same year after becoming close friends with Claude Monet, Butler married Monet's stepdaughter, Suzanne Hoschedé.

Suzanne is known as "The woman with a Parasol" and she was Monet's favorite model. After a lingering illness, Suzanne Hoschedé died in 1899. Thereafter Butler abandoned to paint figures and turned focus on landscapes only.

Marthe Hoschedé, sister of Suzanne, helped Butler raise the children Jimmy and Lilly.

Once for a break in the US, he had several solo shows in New York. In 1900, he exhibited at the Paul Durand-Ruel gallery in New York.

Yet after six months he decided to move back to Giverny. He married Marthe Hoschedé in 1900, and through his marriages to the two step daughters of Claude Monet, he was brought closer to the great artist than any of the other American expatriates. Blanche Hoschedé Monet, John Singer Sargent, and James P. Butler, Theodore's son, were the only other painters who ever painted in the famous garden of Monet in Giverny.

The Butler family also spent a lot of time with Ethel and Guy Rose. During the summer they rented houses in Veules les Roses. Butler was also a close friend of Philip Hale, John Singer Sargent, and Maximilien Luce.

In 1913, the Butler family moved back again to New York because Butler receivede a commission to paint mural panels for the home of William Paine.

The breakout of World War I prevented Butler from returning to Giverny until 1921.

Butler died in Giverny on May 2, 1936.

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Theodore Earl Butler frame

Housed in a modern black color setting and gold leaf frame

Theodore Earl Butler verso


Theodore Earl Butler verso


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