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Large elegant painting, signed by artist, lower right. The canvas measures 30 x 36, housed in a decorative frame which measures 36.5 x 42.5 x 3.

Provenance: J.J. Gillespie Company, Fine Art Galleries. J.J. Gillespie is America’s oldest fine arts gallery; it was established in 1832. It was founded in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania by John Jones Gillespie in March of 1832 to provide the demand for fine art.

A.D. (Aubrey Dale) Greer was born in Austin, Texas, but lived much of his life in Oklahoma. He was active in the art world from 1938 to 1986, as a painter, muralist, and commercial artist. Greer began drawing at the age of four and later entered a military academy and studied there for three and a half years. After he left military school at the age of seventeen, he traveled west and took various jobs ranging from commercial artist to day laborer. Greer made his first trip to Texas in 1928 where he first met the English artist Robert Wood, who painted several landscapes in Greers presence, gave Greer his color palette, and also taught him techniques. While supporting himself as an ecclesiastical decorator, Greer practiced what Wood had shown him. Greer was a member of the Guild of Freelance Artists in New York. An artist, poet, lecturer, and illustrator, he became a legend among Texas landscape painters because of his popularity and the high-dollar values of his luminous, romantic paintings. Although he lived primarily in New York, he painted numerous Southwestern landscapes (reference AskArt).