Lot 10
  • 10

Charles Houghton Howard

40,000 - 60,000 USD
125,000 USD
bidding is closed


  • Charles Houghton Howard
  • Winter Painting
  • signed CH Howard and dated 56 (lower right)
  • oil on canvas


Pieter Wenning Gallery, Johannesburg
Kasmin Ltd., London
Private Collection, United Kingdom

Catalogue Note

A first generation Abstract Surrealist who played a key role in introducing the movement to the United States, Howard was born in New Jersey in 1899, but grew-up in Berkeley, California.  His father was a well-known architect, John Galen Howard, and both his brothers, John and Robert, pursued successful careers as artists.  While his original intention was to become a journalist, his friendship with Grant Wood during a post-graduate summer in Europe inspired him to paint.

Howard was essentially self-trained, but spent five years as a journeyman painter at the decorating firm of Louis Bouche and Rudolph Guertier in New York.  His first one-man show was at the Whitney Museum Studio Club in 1926.  By 1932, Howard’s work was included in the landmark exhibition at the Julien Levy Gallery, which introduced Surrealism to the United States.  Marriage, in 1934, to British painter Madge Knight, precipitated a move to London and exposure to the avant-garde artistic circles there.  With the outbreak of World War II, the couple moved to the San Francisco Bay area, where Howard became a leading figure in Abstract Surrealism as teacher, painter and exhibitor.