"Winter Afternoon" by Peter Bela Mayer
PETER BELA MAYER
Oil on canvas, 25 x 30 inches (canvas), 35 ¾ x 40 ¾ inches (frame), signed lower right, verso: “Winter Afternoon by Mayer” written on canvas; Salmagundi Club Exhibition label, Summer Exhibition with title of painting and artist’s name; hand-carved with basket weave motif 22k gold leaf frame.
(NOTE: “...Mayer’s Winter Afternoon [this painting] was exhibited at the Academy [ National Academy of Design] in 1918....” Ref: Nassau County Museum of Fine Art, Peter Bela Mayer, An American Impressionist, February 7, 1984 through April 8, 1984, page 5, Exhibition Catalogue, Savinetti.)
(NOTE: Winter Afternoon was exhibited in 1958 at the Salmagundi Club. Based on Falk (ed.), Who Was Who in American Art, Mayer won an exhibition prize at the Salmagundi Club in 1958; consequently, one can deduce that this is the painting that won the 1958 prize.)
Mayer, landscape painter and textile designer, was born in Loeche, Hungary, 1887. It is not known when he immigrated to the United States, however he enrolled at the National Academy of Design in New York City in 1908. For the next seven years he would study art there under the tutelage of C. Y. Turner, Ivan Olinsky and E. Ward. After finishing his schooling Mayer moved to Long Island, he would stay in the New England area all of his life. He visited Gloucester and other locations on Cape Anne, Massachusetts. Sometime during the 1940s, Bela Mayer added the Peter to his name in order to distance himself from female artists with the first name "Bela." Though he changed his name, his belief that “balance is the most important element in a painting” never wavered; he was quoted saying this at a showing of his work in Roslyn, New Jersey in 1984. His Impressionist paintings combine the organic lines of nature perfectly with the more structural and geometric lines of man in a non-abrasive, harmonious manner. He spent his time outdoors painting towns along the Hudson and around his home on Long Island.
Mayer exhibited at many prestigious galleries such as: Cocoran Gallery, National Academy of Design, Salmagundi Club, Pennysylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Art Institute of Chicago, etc. His name appears in all of the major American and international art references. Please contact our gallery for a copy of a more comprehensive biography.
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