Francis Lee Jaques (1887-1969) Deer in Winter signed "F.L. Jaques" lower left oil on canvas, 8 1/4 by 11 1/2 in.
Francis Lee Jaques was born on September 28, 1887, in Geneseo, Illinois. As a boy, he loved duck hunting, and spent many hours hunting with his father. When Jaques was twelve, his family moved to Kansas to farm corn. This background in agriculture and hunting taught him a great deal about birds, which he translated into the stunning realism he was able to capture on canvas.
When he returned from serving in World War I, Jaques studied art with Clarence Rosenkranz (1871-1959), a student of early Impressionist William Merritt Chase (1849-1916). Jaques’ realistic depictions of wildfowl also garnered him work painting illustrations for "Field and Stream." His submission of "Black Ducks" was selected as the 1940 Federal Duck Stamp print. At fifty-five, Jaques retired from his position as a painter at the American Museum of Natural History and subsequently completed a painting each month for "Outdoor Life," as well as taking on freelance work painting museum dioramas. In 1969 Jaques died at age eighty-one.
Provenance: Private Collection, Wisconsin
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