Sale 12PT02 | Lot 407

John Henry Twachtman

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

Lot Details

Lot 407
John Henry Twachtman
American, 1853-1902
Kepler Cascades, circa 1895
Signed J. H. Twachtman (ll)
Oil on canvas
29 7/8 x 24 7/8 inches

Provenance:
Mr. William Wadsworth, Geneseo, New York

Milch Galleries, New York
Kraushaar Galleries, New York, as of 1966
Mr. and Mrs. David Workman, New York, as of 1985
Private collection

Exhibited:
Cincinnati Art Museum, John Henry Twachtman: A Retrospective Exhibition, Oct. 7-Nov. 20, 1966, no. 60 (as Cascades).
Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland, Landschaft im Licht: Impressionistische Malerei in Europa und Nordamerika 1860-1910, Aug. 3-Oct. 21, 1990 (as Cascades).
Art in Embassies, United States Department of State; traveled from Oct. 2005 to Jan. 2009.

The first known owner of this painting was William Wadsworth of Geneseo, New York, who financed John Twachtman's 1895 trip to Yellowstone Park in Wyoming. It was to Wadsworth that Twachtman wrote on arrival at the park, expressing his thanks to his patron for his "liberality." Commenting that the "scenery was fine enough to shock any mind," Twachtman stated that he had never "felt so fine" in his life, as he was busy working from morning to night. Twachtman traveled quite a distance from his accommodations at the Grand Canyon Hotel to the southwestern part of the park to observe this dramatic waterfall, which drops at three levels in a narrow gorge. As in his views of the waterfall on his property in Greenwich, Connecticut, Twachtman reduced his subject to its essence, creating a design that straddles realism and abstraction. He rendered landscape elements as broadly treated shapes oriented to the picture plane, while conveying the changing flow of the water with rhythmic brushwork. In addition to this painting, Wadsworth owned three of Twachtman's paintings of Yellowstone's thermal pools (today in collections of the Stark Museum, Orange, Texas; the Wadsworth Athenaeum, Connecticut; and a private collection). Along with these works, Kepler Cascades, Yellowstone is one of Twachtman's most modern images.

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: $60,000 - $90,000
Sold for $37,500 (includes buyer's premium)

Additional Notes & Condition Report

Wax relined. Frame rubbing with corresponding inpaint. No further restoration is visible under UV light.


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Estimate: $60,000 - $90,000
Sold for $37,500 (includes buyer's premium)

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European, American, Modern & Contemporary Art

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