American oil on board floral landscape by Jules Mersfelder (1865-1937), circa 1910-20.
About Jules R. Mersfelder
Jules R. Mersfelder was born on Aug. 26, 1865 in Stockton, CA when it was still a small frontier town. Mersfelder began drawing at an early age and in his teens moved to San Francisco where he studied for three years at the School of Design under Virgil Williams. While studying at that school, he often visited the nearby studio of William Keith who offered criticism.
Mersfelder then moved to NYC where he had a studio for a few years. During his stay there, his works were shown at the first exhibition of the Society of American Artists. He also enjoyed the hospitality and criticism of George Inness and A. H. Wyant. He later exhibited in Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, and Baltimore. He won a bronze medal at the Louisiana Purchase Expo.
Although he made no known European trips, his works bear evidence of strong influence by the French Barbizons. Many of his landscapes of the rugged, old oaks of California compare favorably with those painted by William Keith during his late period. Mersfelder is best known for these dark, somber canvases; however, he also painted a few light coastal scenes.
(Frame) 17.5″H x 21.5″W; (Image) 11.25″H x 15.5″W