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 George Arthur Hays  (1854 - 1945)

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Lived/Active: Rhode Island/Massachusetts/New Hampshire      Known for: landscape with cattle

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BIOGRAPHY for George Hays
1854 (Greenville, New Hampshire)
1945 (Providence, Rhode Island)

Rhode Island/Massachusetts/New Hampshire

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landscape with cattle

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Painter George Arthur Hays was self-taught. He was a member of the Providence Art Club and the Providence Watercolor Club.
Her works are located at:
Brown University:
1. Oil painting on board [untitled--sheep grazing in meadow (acc.# HP 01054)
2. Oil painting on board [untitled]--sheep grazing by a wood (1902) (acc.# HP 01005)
3. Oil painting on board [untitled]--sheep in a meadow (1902) (acc.# HP 01056)
4. Oil painting on board [untitled]--landscape with three cows (acc.# HP 01057)

Newport Hospital:
1. Oil painting, "Plowing the Field"

House Location: The Breakers (Stable)
1. Oil painting, "Reginald C. Vanderbilt Driving Fad and Fancy" (1904)--depicts a young Reginald Vanderbilt driving a small pony cart with his prize show horses, at Sandy Point, Portsmouth (1904) (acc.# PSNC.1450)

Providence Art Club:
1. Oil painting, "Head of a Bull"

Rhode Island Historical Society:
1. Oil painting, "October Pasture with Cattle at Saylesville, Rhode Island" (acc.# 1979.24.1)

University of Rhode Island Library, Kingston:
1. Oil painting [untitled]--landscape with cows (1909)
2. Oil painting [untitled]--landscape with sheep (1909
3. Oil painting [untitled/unsigned]--landscape with resting sheep and sheep dog

Unveiled: a directory and guide to 19th century born artists active in Rhode Island, and where to find their work in publicly accessible Rhode Island collections by Elinor L. Nacheman

Biography from Roger King Fine Art, H - P:
George Arthur Hays was a 19th Century artist, active in Rhode Island.  Self-taught, Hays painted in oils and watercolors and is best known for tranquil landscapes featuring cows and sheep---livestock in bucolic settings, whether singly or in flocks.  Although he portrayed cows and sheep, rarely were the two combined in a single painting.

He was born in Greenville, New Hampshire, and spent his adult life in Providence, where he had a studio at the Woods Building on College Street.

He was a member of the Providence Art Club, where he exhibited from 1888 to 1940; Society for Independent Artists, Copley Society, and Providence Watercolor Club.

Records indicate that he painted scenery for Boston's Park Theatre in 1887, and for "Keith's Circuit," possibly a traveling theatrical troupe or similar entertainment.

Stylistically, Hays' works seem to derive their inspiration from the Barbizon School and French animal portraiture, an offshoot of the Barbizon tradition that dignified work animals and imbued them with a sense of patient endurance and uncomplaining service.

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