Theodore Wores (1859-1939) Fruit seller, Samoa 16 x 10in (Painted in 1902)

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Lot 144
Theodore Wores
(1859-1939)
Fruit seller, Samoa 16 x 10in

US$ 5,000 - 7,000
£ 4,000 - 5,600
Theodore Wores (1859-1939)
Fruit seller, Samoa
signed 'Theodore Wores.' with a signature and date pentimento 'April 1902' (upper right), titled (on the reverse)
oil on canvasboard
16 x 10in
Painted in 1902

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Private collection, Hawaii, prior to June 2009.
    Private collection, California.

    Theodore Wores was born in San Francisco in 1860, and began artistic training at the young age of 12. When the San Francisco School of Design opened in 1874, he was one of the first students to enroll. He later went to Münich to study at the Royal Academy, and subsequently studied with Toby Rosenthal, William Merritt Chase, Frank Duveneck and James Abbott McNeill Whistler.

    In 1881, Wores returned to San Francisco and began painting Chinatown subjects. Wores was a sensitive man with a quest for knowledge. He was never satisfied with superficial impressions and endeavored to learn as much as he could about any place or person he selected to paint. He had a facility for languages and spoke a total of eight, including Japanese and Cantonese. Wores visited Hawaii and Samoa in 1901 and 1902. He left Hawaii and traveled to Samoa, where he found a culture closer to his romantic idea of an idyllic South Seas setting.

    His palette during his early career held the characteristics of the Münich School and evolved later into the lighter shades of Impressionism. Fruit Seller, while painted with Impressionistic brushstrokes, still points to the color preferences of his early Münich training.
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