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The Three Sisters


Australian artist Percy Leason's "Three Sisters" represents his daughters at leisure in a family room. Jean's red dress is an exact compliment of Nancy's green dress, with Marjorie's neutral-colored dress in the middle. Leason was very concerned with accurate color observation. Leason used architectural features and pictures within his picture to organize the composition into rectangular segments, setting off the more irregular forms of the figures. Brother John's image appears in the black and white photo behind Nancy's head on the upright piano.

Percy Leason was born in Australia and learned his trade in Melbourne.  Leason was a commercial artist, illustrator, painter, and printmaker.   He was also a cartoonist and an educator.  The styles he worked in work were modernism, realism, and tonalism.  Leason emigrated to the United States in 1938 where he began working as a commercial illustrator in New York.  His home was in Staten Island, and his first exhibition at the Staten Island Museum was in 1942.  Leason became the President of Staten Island Museum Section of Art in 1943.

Artist: Percy Alexander Leason (1889 - 1959)

Title: The Three Sisters

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dates: 1944

Dimensions: 49 in. x 39.25 in.

Signature/Inscription: P.A. Leason 1944; Front - Lower left

Culture: American

Accession Number: A1950.4201

Credit: Gift of Edward L. Love

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