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A beautiful Impressionistic painting of the harbor of Havana. An elegantly dressed lady, red shawl laying at her side, looks out over the marina of sailboats, the city line of Old Havana in the background. Oil on canvas, 19 x 23 3/8, 24 1/2 x 28 1/2 x 1 3/4 framed. Signed bottom left; pencil inscription dated ’27. Part of an art exhibition card is attached to the back of the canvas frame, marked with the title of the painting, along with the artists personal information. $2450.

Myra Thomas (1882-1963 captures a time when Americans and Europeans visited Cuba, then considered a paradise island. Due to the First World War, minimal overseas travel to Europe and North American was allowed. This made Cuba, an excellent location preference for many tourists An article from the Smithsonian states:Cuba’s reputation as an exotic and permissive playground came to light in the 1920s, when the country became a favorite destination for robber barons and bohemians. Scions like the Whitneys and the Biltmores, along with luminaries such as New York City Mayor Jimmy (Beau James) Walker, flocked to Cuba for winter bouts of gambling, horse racing, golfing and country-clubbing.

Myra Thomas was born in Colorado. She studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, staying to do a year of post-graduate work in 1919, studying under George Bellows. From 1920-21 Thomas was in New York City, studying with Randall Davey and John Sloan.