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 Van Noble  (1906 - 1998)

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Lived/Active: Florida/South Carolina      Known for: marine, seascape and landscape painting

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Of Van Noble, it was written that "Her marines and seascapes capture the color of the Keys' water as her street scenes capture the essence of Key West during the Happy Days era."  Her son, Art Noble wrote a biography of his mother, who died in 1998 and in the book, The Life and Works of V. Noble, she was described as the "consummately afflicted artist, hardly ever going out."  Although she was apparently not given to socializing in her community of Key West, she was obviously much influenced by her geographical surroundings and its inhabitants.

Van Noble was born "Maudie Alice Vanderhorst Weatherly". While living in Charleston at age 12, she no longer wished to be called "Maudie", but took on her ancesterial name abbreviated to Van. Her grandmother was Mary Arthur Vanderhorst Weatherly and her great great-great grandfather, Johanes Van der Horst, landed in, and helped settle Charleston (Charles Towne) in 1684.

In Key West, Van Noble lived in the Hemingway Home, which she occasionally depicted on canvas. Among her paintings were numerous sailboat scenes, often with tumultuous waves.  Many of these images were from photos she found in a 1952 copy of Rudder Magazine.  She also painted images of many seascapes, some expressing interludes of serenity and peace with bright, cheerful colors of a 'promising' dawn.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower was a visitor to Key West and developed an appreciation for her paintings.  Her whale rising from the ocean, Tail Walking, was one of six of her paintings hung at a 1955 State Dinner for Eisenhower and Senior Juscelino Kubitschek de Olivera, President Elect of Brazil at that U.S. Navy Base.  The paintings remained on the walls for the duration of Eisenhower's stay.  Eisenhower also added her work to his White House Collection.

Van Noble also did genre scenes such as young people having a Pool Party, 1956.  As an art teacher, she had many students including the base commander's wife, Barbara Jones, whom noble depicted painting under an historic Banjan tree.  She also did self portraits and portraits of family members such as her husband Ralph.

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Van Noble (1906-1998) was not just a contemporary of Ernest Hemingway; she lived in his Key West home and painted there between 1954 and 1958. Three of her paintings hung in the White House for the entire first term of Eisenhower’s Administration.

Six more were exhibited privately for him at a State Dinner in Key West.

USS QUILLBACK was the subject of three of Van’s submarine “portraits”, which hung in the White house for Eisenhower’s first term.

Submitted by Manoj Chouhan

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http://www.artofvnoble.com/

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