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Edgar Leeteg Black Velvet Painting

Description:
Painting of an old smiling Tahitian man with grey hair. Custom frame from LaFontsee Galleries in Grand Rapids, MI. 
Source:
Part of the Mark Sellers Tiki Collection at Max’s South Seas Hideaway in Grand Rapids
Maker/Donor
Edgar Leeteg
Edgar William Leeteg (April 13, 1904 – February 7, 1953 ) was an American painter often considered the father of American velvet painting. He became a French citizen after immigrating to French Polynesia in 1933, where he spent the rest of his life painting the local life on black velvet.