Sale 12PT02 | Lot 418

Alfred Henry Maurer

Catalogue: European, American, Modern & Contemporary Art
Alfred Henry Maurer

Lot Details

Lot 418
Alfred Henry Maurer
American, 1868-1932
The House through the Trees, Marlboro, New York and Forest Interior: A double-sided work
Oil on board
21 1/2 x 18 inches

Estate of Howard Levene
Private collection, New York

New York, Spanierman Gallery, LLC, Fine American Art from 1845 to 1960, May 5-Jul. 7, 2005.

This landscape, painted on opposite sides of the same board, can be identified with the group of works Alfred Maurer created during extended stays from 1915 through the end of his life in Marlboro, New York, in southern Ulster County. Residing at the Shady Brook Boardinghouse, he created interpretive views of his surroundings, including elements of tall, leafy trees, winding brooks, houses, roads, and paths. His Shady Brook images vary, including realist images that veer in a Regionalist direction and more abstract works, divided between those that continue the Fauvist style of his French landscapes (ca. 1908-14) and those in which the influence of Cubism is more pronounced. Although this double-sided painting belongs to the latter group, it retains the vivacity and freedom of Fauvist color and brushwork. For the recto image, Maurer drew inspiration from the bridge over Shady Brook; in the verso, the presence of the boardinghouse is high in the composition. In both, the representational aspects are suffused into dynamic, abstract arrangements of overlapping and intersecting planes that are unified across the surface. This work reveals Maurer's continued commitment to Modernism, of which he was an early American exponent, even during an era when artists were being drawn in a nativist direction. This piece, and a painting similar to the recto side of this work that belongs to the Smithsonian American Art Museum, both demonstrate Maurer's unceasing fascination with the way elements of the American countryside could be arranged with subtle changes to produce a variety of pictorial results.

C The Spanierman Gallery, LLC Collection of American Art

Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000
Sold for $25,000 (includes buyer's premium)

Additional Notes & Condition Report

The House through the Trees: Frame rubbing, with some corresponding loss to the surface. No visible restoration under UV light.

Forest Interior: Frame rubbing, with some corresponding loss to the surface (particularly in the upper and lower edge.) No further restoration under UV light. Scattered areas of paint separation.

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Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000
Sold for $25,000 (includes buyer's premium)

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European, American, Modern & Contemporary Art

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