Lee Lufkin Kaula and her husband William befriended many of their Fenway Studios neighbors, including Edmund Tarbell, the leading painter of the Boston School. While she never studied at the city’s art institutions, Lee’s embrace of the Boston School tradition is evident in the floral still lifes, genre scenes, portraits and figural work she created and exhibited throughout her career. Fresh Flowers is no exception and embodies distinctive elements of the Boston School ideal: a strong sense of composition and color harmony, a loveliness shared by her models and their surroundings, and an overall feeling of contentment as her subjects enjoy an afternoon in the garden on a summer’s day. The painting was likely created at the Kaulas’ summer home in New Ipswich, New Hampshire, a place they first visited in 1916 before becoming permanent seasonal residents in 1919. Lee consistently incorporated flowers and plants cultivated from their impressive gardens at New Ipswich into her work; the grounds were lovingly designed and maintained, had a full-time gardener, and served as the site of tours for locals and parties held for friends and family over the next few decades.
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Private collection, Boston, Massachusetts, for several generations (possibly acquired directly from the artist or an exhibition)
To collection, Newburyport, Massachusetts, by 2020