Beautiful Pastel Landscape

James and Debra Desocio wrote to share a photo of their original Hubert Lewis pastel landscape. James described it as such:

It is a very pleasant evening landscape in a beautiful frame.  The painting measures approximately 27 1/2 inches tall, and 13 1/2 inches wide.  It is a lovely pastel. The Hubert Lewis pastel belonged to my wife’s late cousin who passed away in August of 2012 at the age of 94.  We inherited the piece.   This particular piece we hold very dear to our hearts and is displayed on a prominent wall in our living room.

James and Debra Desocio pastel

James and Debra Desocio pastel

James and Debra Desocio pastel signature

James and Debra Desocio pastel signature

I wrote back to the Desocio’s:

The frame is beautiful. Hubert created many pastels and oils with simple scenes that were so beautiful in their simplicity. Some of his work is considered Hudson River School-like, though he was not considered a Hudson River School artist. We had two similar pastels in our home growing up, that now belong to my brother John.

The signature you gave me is definitely Hubert Lewis’s although if you look at one then the other, you’ll see yours looks “peppier”. All the important parts are there, but there is more flair. There are other known works of Hubert’s with signatures like your pastel has.

Hubert listed his type of work as a framing company in one census, and I have ledgers showing he was paid by the same company that published his prints from the 1930’s-late 1940’s, Keystone Picture Frame Co. So he may have made that frame. It seems to me the original frames are unique. I can’t verify that, not having seen all his work, but they certainly each have their own personality.

About Kim

A few pieces of my great grandfather's work were always in display at our home growing up. In fact, every relative it seemed had his art hanging. One day I wanted to find out more about him, and it seemed there was no compilation of information in any one place, and there was some confusion about who H Lewis was. So I started digging and it led me to be the one to compile information from several different places, with a lot of the information coming from relatives who had stories handed down to them. I also searched records and collected art. Please fill free to contact me regarding information about Hubert Lewis.
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