Savannah Georgia Waving Girl Chinese Merchant Ship
Painting - Oil On Canvas
Savannah Georgia Waving Girl oil on canvas the original painting sold to a collector in Savannah Georgia. A sister painting is still available on my website contact me and i give you a link to it.
It is said she waved at the ships for 44 years from 1887 to 1931 she never missed one. I had to ask myself. Why this devotion? How did it start? I think it started with a broken heart. I can see her longing for her love to return. The first time she waved was probably to wave him goodbye. From that day one she waved at every ship at day time with a large white handkerchief and at night with a lantern. I had to paint The Waving Girl with a ship. After all her story ties to the sea and ships. In those days there were no cell phones, no internet and letters could take weeks or months to arrive. Departures and separations from loved one like this had to be traumatic. As it turns out she was never reunited. I understand that Florence Martus never married which to me is a sign that she never gave up hope to see her love again. Some people try to dispel this story by arguing she was a child when she began waving, but according to records she was 19, hardly a child. The perfect age to fall hopelessly in love. Florence Martus born August 7, 1868 died February 8, 1943 her waving years were from 1887 to 1931
April 30th, 2022
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