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The Almond Tree

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The Almond Tree

Artist: Fremont F. Ellis (American, 1897 - 1985)

Date: c. 1950
Medium: oil on hardboard
Dimensions:
25 × 30 inches (63.5 × 76.2 cm)
Frame: 31 × 36 × 2 inches (78.7 × 91.4 × 5.1 cm)
Classification: Paintings
Signed: FREMONT F ELLiS (lower left)
Credit Line: Partial Bequest of H.J. Lutcher Stark, 1965 and Partial Gift of Nelda C. Stark, 1973
Object number: 31.20.6
Accession Number: 1965.1.814
Label Text:Born in Montana, Ellis developed an interest in art after a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1919. The New Mexican landscape with its variety of forms and dramatic light inspired his art. He developed a style influenced by impressionism as seen in this painting with its active brushwork, thick application of paint, and emphasis on light. Ellis was a founding member of the artists’ group Los Cinco Pintores.
Provenance: Artist; purchased October 4, 1956 by H.J. Lutcher Stark; ½ interest bequeathed September 2, 1965 to the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation [1]; remaining ½ interest gifted June 15, 1973 to the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation by Nelda C. Stark [1909-1999]; accessioned to the Stark Museum of Art | 1. Owned jointly by H.J. Lutcher Stark and Nelda C. Stark until his death at which point his ½ interest was bequeathed to the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation.
Exhibitions:
  • Branding the American West: Paintings and Films 1900-1950