Lot 135
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Samuel Wood Gaylor

10,000 - 15,000 USD
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  • Samuel Wood Gaylor
  • The Arts Ball
  • signed Wood Gaylor, dated 1918 and titled Arts-Ball (lower left)
  • oil on canvas
  • 27 by 45 inches
  • (68.6 by 114.3 cm)


By descent in the family of the artist to his son
Purchased from the above by the present owner

Catalogue Note

While his social realist contemporaries presented the sober, grim aspects of the World War I era and the Great Depression, Samuel Wood Gaylor, artist, architectural draftsman and author, depicted the lighter side of life.  Filled with wit and charm, his paintings showcase the great parties, circuses, ballets, holidays and parades that he and his artist friends organized and attended.  His closest friends were the luminaries of the avant-garde art scene and his first exhibition as a painter was at the 1913 Armory Show.  Edith Halpert held one-man shows of his work at her prestigious Downtown Gallery and he held responsible positions in the several art societies of his time, among them the Penguin Club founded by his close friend Walt Kuhn in 1917.  The present painting depicts one of the club's storied annual soirees, the Arts Ball of 1918.
This work is offered together with a copy of Art in America, November, 1963 edition, in which a prominent article, Wood Gaylor: Diary of the Carefree Years, profiles the artist.