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  • Sold Date: Jun 07, 2011
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Up for auction from well known collector in Honolulu Hawaii this 1960’s Hawaiian print that is titled Plenty Hawaiians by Madge Tennant and for the Hawaii Watercolor and Serigraph Society.

This piece was found in absolute disrepair – but I liked the image – so I had it restored – cleaned, gassed and mounted and it is in ready-wall-hanging condition!!!


Visible Paper – 14 inches x 22 inches

Frame 20 ½ inches x 28 ½ inches

More about the artist:

A renowned art educator as well as painter of modern figurative canvases of Hawaiian subjects, Madge Tennent had a distinguished career based primarily in Hawaii from where she sent paintings to the mainland United States for exhibitions in New York City and Chicago between 1930 and 1939.
She also exhibited in London at the Wertheim Gallery, in Paris at the Bernheim-Jeune Galleries, and in Honolulu at the Academy of Arts and the Grossman-Moody Gallery. Her most remarkable exhibit was in 1945 at Gump's Department Store in Waikiki where she showed drawings in sepia wash and ink. Shortly after that, she abandoned her professional painting career but lived to age eighty two in 1972.
She received her early training at the Academie Julian in Paris and as a result of exposure to French artists later said that the three great inspirations of her life were Renoir, Picasso, and Gauguin, but Renoir more than the others.
As a young woman, she was director of the Government School of Art at Johannesburg, South Africa, and from 1913 to 1915 taught at her own school in Cape Town. After marriage to Hugh Cowper Tennent from New Zealand, she became the head of the art school in Invercargill and then followed her husband to Samoa. In 1923, she first visited Hawaii, and she and her family decided to stay. She regarded the Hawaiians as some of the most beautiful people in the world and painted them with great reverence and respect.
Much of her work is housed at the Tennent Art Foundation Gallery in Honolulu.

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