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George Randolph Barse (1861-1938)
American Painter and Muralist


(Editor’s note: in 1878 Frank Hyde introduced Sargent to the incredible beautiful model named Rosina Ferrara who would be featured in many of Sargent’s paintings of that time "Head of Ana-Capri Girl" , "Rosina",and "Capri" to name just a  few.

George Randolph Barse would marry this beauty in 1891 and they would have a love affair like none other. After 43 years, George lost her upon her death and he never recovered.

What Michele Lener found and sent word has capped a collective search for this story that has been going on for the past four years)

[New York Times; Feb 26, 1938, p.30]


Painter, Whose Works Hang in Many Museums, Dies of Auto Fumes at Katonah

Katonah, N.Y., Feb. 25.—George R. Barse, artist, whose pictures hang in many museums, was found dead on his forty-acre estate here today. He had committed suicide by inhaling monoxide fumes from the engine of his automobile after sealing his garage with rags, according to Medical Examiner Amos O. Squire. Mr. Barse, who was 76 years old, left a note saying he had done his work and wanted to go to sleep.

The body was found by Mr. Barse’s adopted daughter, Mrs. Maria Bernardo, with whom he lived. According to the Bedford town Police, both the body and the engine were cold when discovered and, since he was last seen at 3 P.M. Thursday, it was believed he ended his life that afternoon. The note left for Mrs. Bernardo said he hoped the public would consider his death an accident.

Mr. Barse was born in Detroit on July 31, 1961, the son of George R. and Susan Peironnet Barse. He attended the public schools of Kansas City, MO. In 1879 he went to Paris, where for the next six years he student at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, the Académie Julien and the ateliers of Jules Lefebvre, Boulanger and A. Cabanel.

He won the Academy Prize in Paris in 1882, the New England Prize at Boston in 1885, the first prize of the National Academy of Design, 1895; the Shaw Fund prize of the Society of American Artists in 1898 and the medal of Buffalo Exposition in 1901.

Besides eight panels he did for the Library of Congress, his paintings, mostly of an allegorical nature, hang in museums at the Pittsburgh, Syracuse, St. Louis, Providence, the University of Kansas and Louisville, KY., where he held his last exhibition in 1936.

During the World War Mr. Barse painted several posters to aid the sale of Liberty Loan bonds. One, widely circulated here and in Canada depicted a small boy with the scales of justice in his hands, supplicating the United States to come to the aid of a battered woman, who was Belgium.

For the last thirty-four years Mr. Barse had lived here. He was a member of the Century Club of New York City, The National Academy of Design, the Society of American Artists, the Academy Arts and Letters and the Salmagundi Club.

In 1891 he married Miss Rose Ferrara of Rome, Italy, on the Island of Capri, which he visited annually for a months painting for many years. Mrs. Barse died in 1934. He survived by five sisters and a brother




Special thanks to Michele Lener, of Italy, a friend of the JSS Gallery, for his research help in prepairing this page.









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