Helen Turner 1858–1958

The Morning Call

  • 16 x 12 inches (40.6 x 30.5 cm)
  • Oil on canvas
  • Signed lower right: Helen M. Turner / 1918
  • 1918

Why We Love It

Like so many women artists of her time, Turner achieved considerable success during her lifetime but is now relatively unknown today. The Morning Call is a fine example of her American Impressionist style and penchant for painting genre scenes of gentile women out of doors. Her brushwork is loose and broken, and she has skillfully captured the effects of dappled light through the trees.


The Value

At Avery Galleries we have long offered works by the many talented women artists who make up American art history. And over the past several years, we have noticed a great uptick of interest in them. Their work has long been undervalued, not because of its inferior quality but by the many obstacles they faced. Helen Turner’s painting stands up to and even surpasses the work of some of her male counterparts, yet because she is largely unknown today, her paintings do not command the prices their quality deserves. Thus, her work and that of so many of her colleagues are excellent buying opportunities, as we believe that in time they will receive the recognition they so duly deserve.

Artist Background