Harry Humphrey Moore
A Storm Scene in Yokohama
Signed H H Moore (lr)
Oil on panel
7 3/4 x 5 1/4 inches
By descent to his wife, Maria Moore, 1926
Gift of the above to Mr. and Mrs. P. Ohanian, New York, circa 1950
Thence by descent to the present owner
In 1996, in his introduction to the exhibition calalogue for a landmark exhibition American Artists in Japan presented by Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York, Dr. William H. Gerdts wrote,
". . . as a figure and genre painter, the deaf-mute Harry Humphrey Moore was the first American painter to seriously address the appearance and mores of the Japanese people. . . A member of the prestigious Bohemian Club, Moore was in San Francisco in 1880, a city where his work was much appreciated, and from which he left for a fairly extended stay in Japan the following year. Moore painted about sixty small Japanese scenes of subjects such as Japanese temples, formal gardens, tombs, tradespeople, workmen, and Geisha girls. Unfortunately, few of Moore's Japanese paintings have surfaced in recent years"
"Moore's painting of scenes in Tokyo, Yokohama, Kyoto, Nikko, and Osaka recall very well the academic procedures of his Parisian teachers, maintaining Western perspective and chiaroscuro."
"One critic, writing decades after the fact, credited the Japanese paintings by Harry Moore with stimulating his good friend, Robert Blum, to travel to Japan." [William H. Gerdts, "American Artists in Japan," Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York, pp. 5, 7]
Since Dr. Gerdts wrote his insightful essay, Doyle has offered several works from Harry Humphrey Moore's Asian sojourn. Prized by the artist through his lifetime, the Japanese paintings were protected by his widow following his death, and she brought them to America following the second World War. The present work, depicting two exquisite young women dressed in kimonos, a baby astride the back of one of them who is also carrying an umbrella, is enchanting.
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