Sale 12PT02 | Lot 401

John Henry Twachtman

Catalogue: European, American, Modern & Contemporary Art
John Henry Twachtman

Lot Details

Lot 401
John Henry Twachtman
American, 1853-1902
L'Etang, circa 1884
Signed J. H. Twachtman (ll)
Oil on canvas
19 1/2 x 24 1/8 inches

Provenance:
Walter Rowlands
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, 1908 (Jesse Metcalf Fund Prize)
Parke-Bernet, New York, Jan. 31, 1946, lot 31
Frederic E. Church (1876-1975), New York
Ira Spanierman, Inc., 1968
Erving and Joyce Wolf, New York, 1979
Present collection, 2008

Exhibited:
New York, Ira Spanierman Inc., John Henry Twachtman, 1853-1902: An Exhibition of Paintings and Pastels, Feb. 3-24, 1968, no. 9.
St. Petersburg, FL, Museum of Fine Arts, The New Vision: American Styles of 1876-1910, Jan. 13- Feb. 15, 1976, illus.
Atlanta, GA, High Museum of Art, John Henry Twachtman: An American Impressionist, 1999-2000. Cincinnati Art Museum, Jun. 6- Sep. 5, 1999; traveled to Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Oct. 16, 1999- Jan. 2, 2000; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Feb. 26- May 21, 2000,
New York, Spanierman Gallery, LLC, John Twachtman: A "Painter's Painter," May 4-Jun. 24, 2006.

Literature:
John Douglass Hale, The Life and Creative Development of John H. Twachtman. 2 vols. Ph.D. diss., Ohio State University, 1957 (Ann Arbor, MI: University Microfilms International, 1958), 144, 547, no. 154.
Eliot Clark, John Twachtman (New York: privately printed, 1924), 40.
Lisa N. Peters, John Twachtman (1853-1902) and the American Scene in the Late Nineteenth Century: The Frontier within the Terrain of the Familiar, Ph.D. dissertation, City University of New York, 1995 (Ann Arbor, MI: University Microfilms International, 1996), xxii, 201, 712 illus.
Lisa N. Peters, John Henry Twachtman: An American Impressionist, exhi. cat. (Atlanta, Ga.: High Museum of Art, 1999), 65, 67 color illus., 68

In the fall of 1883, John Twachtman left his native Cincinnati for Paris, drawn by the lure of the French capital that was similarly attracting countless numbers of American art students. Probably painted in the summer of 1884, which Twachtman spent with his family in the Normandy town of Arques-la-Bataille near Dieppe, L'Etang is one of his finest French period works, along with his well known Arques-la-Bataille (1885, The Metropolitan Museum of Art) and Springtime (circa 1884, Cincinnati Art Museum). Twachtman's aim in these paintings was less to record the features of his sites than to convey their essence through an expressive use of line, tone, and form. In this instance, the dark trees along the far shore anchor our gaze, bringing the patterned qualities of reflections and atmospheric subtleties gradually to our attention, so that we are drawn into the quiet of the scene. The way that the water reflects the gray sky creates a sense of harmony without stasis.

This painting will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonne of the work of John Henry Twachtman by Lisa N. Peters, Ph.D. and Ira Spanierman.


C The Spanierman Gallery, LLC Collection of American Art

Estimate: $80,000 - $120,000
Sold for $62,500 (includes buyer's premium)

Additional Notes & Condition Report

Glue relined. Frame rubbing. There are two areas of inpaint in the sky at the upper left quadrant. There are also two touches of inpaint in the water in the lower right quadrant. No further visible restoration under UV light.


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Estimate: $80,000 - $120,000
Sold for $62,500 (includes buyer's premium)

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