Monday, March 10, 2014
Lesters Car - Ellison Bay Pontiac
The painting above was done for the Door County Plein Air Festival last summer. The car is an old Pontiac, that is missing the front bumper. The property is undergoing a restoration, but the building to the right of the car (that is being held up by stilts) will have to be tore down.
George Bentley, the owner of the car, shared some history. He wrote:
This is "Les Tour", Lester Bentley's car that was purchased new. The car would carry a full size portrait frame from New York to CT through its pillarless window system. They would sit inside the frame while it rested on the window doorframes back to the studio where Les painted President Eisenhower at the pinnacle of his career. It will move into the grainery threshing floor to begin restoration this winter. Thanks for painting it!
Here is the portrait of Eisenhower, painted when Bentley was 44 at his studio in Connecticut.