Woman in Yard by Louis George Bouche (American, 1896-1969). An elgant work depicting a woman relaxing in a yard enjoying a rural scene. Oil on canvas laid on panel. Signed by the artist lower left.
Size: 11-3/4 x 8-1/2 inches (29.8 x 21.6 cm); 15 X 12 inches (framed)
Condition: Overall good condition. Small flake of loss at lower left quadrant; under UV light, there appears to be a discolored varnish layer that makes previous restoration difficult to discern.
Louis George Bouche (American, 1896–1969) was born in New York but grew up and studied in Paris, France. Bouche studied art at the Lysée Calneux, Académie Colorossi, and the Grande Chaumerie. In 1915, returned to New York and studied at the Art Students League with Dimitri Romanovsky and Frank Vincent Dumand before joing the faculty a the League from 1934-1969.
Bouche's vitae inlcludes curating an art gallery in Wanamaker's department store from 1922 to 1926. He supported himslef primarily as a muralist, paintning murals at the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building, the Eisenhower Predisential Museum, and the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building, among others. Bouche was a member of the Federal Art Project and painted murals for the Pennsylvania Railroad and Radio City Music Hall. The artist also designed palatial interiors for the homes of the Astor's and Carnegies as well as the New York Hotel Plaza. Later in his life, the artist taught at the Art Students League in new York, University of Cincinatti, and Drake University. Bouche also received the Guggenheim Fellow in 1933, which honored his artistic merit and provided him funding for future artistic pursuits.
George Louis Bouche died on August 7, 1969 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Bouche's work can be found in numerous collections including the U.S. State Department, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and The Phillips Collection.