Conducted casually over the past 10 months in preparation of Artists of Hawaiʻi 2013. Part III of III
The Lei Maker, painted in 1901 by Theodore Wores, is presented alongside various versions of itself.
Site: The John Dominis and Patches Damon Holt Gallery (before the current reinstallation)
An excerpt from the wall text of the “old” Holt Gallery reads,
“Artists such as Hubert Vos (United States, 1855-1935) and Theodore Wores (United States, 1859-1939) painted realistic, yet romanticized portraits of Hawaiians in genre scenes. Their paintings describe impressions of ‘Old Hawaii’ rather than anthropological studies of indigenous people.
“San Francisco painter Theodore Wores traveled to Hawaii in 1902 and, like Hubert Vos, undertook a group of paintings depicting Hawaiian portraits and genre subjects. The Lei Maker is his best-known painting of a Hawaiian subject depicting a young woman stringing a garland of ilima blossoms in the highly nostalgic style of the French academician William-Adolphe Bouguereau.”
The Lei Maker, 1901, Theodore Wores, American, 1859 – 1939, Oil on canvas, Gift of Drs. Ben and A. Jess Shenson, 1986 (5490.1)