Woodland Fantasy, Fleur Cowles, 1980


Oil on board measures 22″ x 22″

Signed lower right and dated 1980

Original frame (one ding) measures 25″ x 25″  Label from Kunsthandel Roel Art Gallery

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Fleur (Florence Friedman) Cowles was born in New York City in 1908 and she was an author, artist, editor, and self-proclaimed “best friend of the Queen Mother.” She mingled with artists, politicians, royalty, and actors.  She was a senior fellow of the Royal College of Art in London, a trustee of the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust and president of the European-based LSB Leakey Trust. With her last husband, she helped build the Institute for American Studies at Oxford University, and she served as a trustee of the George Marshall Home in Virginia. The University of Texas at Austin built an exact replica of her study in Albany and held regular symposia in her name.
Fleur Cowles is known for her paintings depicting animals and gardens.  Her paintings have sold for up to $55,000 at auction.