Beautiful Theorem Painting of Bird on Branch
Theorem painting is the art of using multiple handmade stencils to apply paint on fabric, usually cotton velvet, to create artworks. The technique came to the American colonies from Europe. This beautiful example we are offering for sale is by the well-known, listed artist Linda Brubaker of Lititz, Pennsylvania. Linda has been involved in creating and teaching Early American decoration for over thirty years. Her 2009 book " Theorem Painting: Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Learning the Craft" is a popular and valuable resource. We have included a photo of the book cover and also a 2021 photograph of Linda, shown hand painting a tin bread basket.
This beautiful theorem of Linda's was done on cream colored velvet. It depicts a variety of sparrow, perched on a leafless branch hung with orangey-red berries---a nice change from the often-used basket of fruit or flowers. The artwork is hand signed lower right in script "L. Brubaker." In addition, there's an informational label written by Linda attached to the bottom of the reverse side that's shown in our photos.
The painting under glass is surrounded with a wide, deep green wooden frame with myriad subtle gold highlights; the sides of the frame are painted black. It's backed by a colorful striped and floral wallpaper; there's a sawtooth hanger attached, but the frame is sturdy enough for a hanging wire to be added if you wish. The sight size is 9 1/2 inches by 7 1/2 inches, while the framed size is 13 inches by 11 inches by 1 inch thick. The artwork weighs two pounds and is in excellent condition, with no damage or wear other than a few small holes in the backing paper.
This is a superb theorem by an eminent, accomplished artist.
More history on Linda Brubaker: She is a juried and Master Craftsman member of The Historical Society of Early American Decoration, Inc.* Her work has been sold in museum shops and gift shops across the country. She was selected to create a Christmas tree ornament for the White House by Early American Homes Magazine. She was then chosen as one of four Pennsylvania artists by Governor Tom Ridge to create an ornament for the White House Christmas tree and then featured on an HGTV special on Christmas in the White House in 2001.
* "The Historical Society of Early American Decoration (or HSEAD) is a group of interested members and practicing guild artists who conduct education programs, research and exhibitions to perpetuate and expand the unique skills and knowledge of Early American Decoration. Decorated articles from the homes of our forefathers are the focus of our work" (quoted from their website).