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Ben Austrian (1870-1921) Americana Pennsylvania Chicks and Chickens Oil Painting

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A beautiful important oil on canvas, retaining its original frame, by American artist, Ben Austrian.
Ben Austrian was a native Pennsylvanian from Reading, who lived there all his life.
As a child, he was encouraged by his mother in drawing and painting, and some of his earliest works
were of farmyard chicks. The love of animals permeates his work,
and the artists subjects include hens and their chicks, cats, dogs, horses, game
and the occasional fruit still life.

Ben worked as a traveling representative for his fathers business;
the job that allowed him to visit museums in New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and St. Louis.
When his father died in 1897, he took over the family business but soon sold it,
gave the profits to his mother, and pursued a career as a painter.
He quickly became very successful, and one of his first paintings, Coal Black Lady,
was acquired by the Philadelphia department store magnate John Wannamaker
for his personal collection.
In 1902 Austrian went to Europe and opened a studio in Paris;
his work was acclaimed in both France and England. After his return to the United States,
he established studios in Reading, as well as in Palm Beach, Florida.
He also had a summer home in the mountains near Kempton
in Northern Berks County, Pennsylvania.

One of Austrians best known ventures was his series of advertisements
for the Bon Ami Company, many of which originated as paintings that featured chicks
accompanied by his wife Molly, posing as a housewife,
who always used the cleanser "Hasn't Scratched Yet."
The trademark chicks are still used by the company today.
Austrians remarkable career was ended prematurely by his sudden death
at the age of fifty-one.

A retrospective of his work was mounted by the Historical Society of Berks County in 1982.
At the same time, Judy M. Hartman published an article on the artist in the spring 1982
issue of the Historical Review of Berks County.

Source: The Schwarz Gallery - Philadelphia

Site - 20" x 24"
Framed - 24" x 30"

This Painting is in Excellent Cleaned Condition.
One very tiny patch on the reverse of the canvas
The Original Frame is in great condition.

ID. 300 Loc F

Item location: San Diego, California, United States

Shipping to: United States

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