Lot 94
  • 94

Ernest Lawson

Estimate
30,000 - 50,000 USD
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Description

  • Ernest Lawson
  • Squatter's Huts, Harlem River
  • signed E. Lawson (lower right)
  • oil on canvas, unframed
  • 17 by 21 inches
  • (43.2 by 53.3 cm)
  • Painted in 1914.

Provenance

Albert Eugene Gallatin, New York
Milch Galleries, Inc., New York

Exhibited

New York, Daniel Gallery, Ernest Lawson, February, 1914
Art Institute of Chicago, Paintings by Hayley Lever and Ernest Lawson, March 3 - April 2, 1917, no. 2

Literature

"Ernest Lawson at Daniel Gallery", American Art News, vol. 12, no. 18 (Feb. 7, 1914), p. 6
Albert Eugene Gallatin, Certain Contemporaries; A Set of Notes in Art Criticism, 1916, illustrated
Albert Eugene Gallatin, "Ernest Lawson", The International Studio, vol. 59, July 1916, p. 14, illustrated
Guy Pène Du Bois, American Artists Series; Ernest Lawson, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1932, p. 11, illustrated
Steven Nash, Dallas Collects American Paintings, Colonial to Early Modern: An Exhibition of Paintings from Private Collections in Dallas, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, 1982, p. 115
Ross Barrett, "Speculations in Paint: Ernest Lawson and the Urbanization of New York", Winter Portfolio, vol. 42, no. 1, (Spring 2008), pp. 16, 20

Condition

The canvas is lined. SURFACE: in good condition; work is painted with thick impasto and as is the case with most such works by Lawson, there is scattered craquelure--looks stable and is not paticularly noticeable UNDER ULTRA VIOLET: a few scattered dots/dashes of repaint along the edges (to address stretcher marks?)
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Catalogue Note

In 1898 Lawson purchased a home in Washington Heights from which he enjoyed unobstructed views of upper Manhattan, the Bronx and New Jersey.  He drew inspiration from this environment of small farms and open woodlands and painted scenes of the area frequently over the course of his artistic career.  The present work depicts the squatters huts of Spuyten Duyvil, the area just across the Harlem River in the Inwood section of the Bronx, a particular favorite as a subject.