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Willard LeRoy Metcalf
THE RED OAK
Estimate
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LOT SOLD. 348,500 USD
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89
Willard LeRoy Metcalf
THE RED OAK
Estimate
300,000500,000
LOT SOLD. 348,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

American Art

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Willard LeRoy Metcalf
1858 - 1925
THE RED OAK
signed Willard L. Metcalf (lower right)
oil on canvas
24 by 24 inches
(61 by 61 cm)
Painted circa 1911. 
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This work will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné being coordinated by Betty Krulik and the Willard Leroy Metcalf Catalogue Raisonné Project, Inc. 

Provenance

Ellen Biddle Shipman, New York
Cary Jackson (her grandson), New York
Douglas Cary Jackson (his son), New York
By descent until 1996
Spanierman Gallery, New York, 1997
Private collection, New York
Betty Krulik Gallery, New York
Acquired by the present owner from the above

Exhibited

New York, Spanierman Gallery, Gallery Selections: American Paintings and Watercolors of the 20th Century, April-July 1997

Catalogue Note

Willard Leroy Metcalf found inspiration for many of his paintings in the vistas of New England and sought to capture their transformations from season to season on canvas. He distinguished himself from other Impressionist painters of the day by imbuing each depiction of the northeastern landscape with his own artistic restraint and sense of realism. As Richard Boyle notes, Metcalf “had a true affinity for [landscapes], a genuine feeling. He traveled a great deal to find terrain to satisfy his sense of place, finding what suited him best in the countryside of New England....It was just right for Metcalf, who marshaled his skills and used the formal qualities of his art to depict that landscape and convey what he felt was its essence. So, his sense of color and organization and his orchestration of tone as well as the abstract qualities of line and shape were directed toward that end" (Elizabeth de Veer and Richard Boyle, Sunlight and Shadow: The Life and Art of Willard L. Metcalf, New York, 1987, pp. 244-45).

Painted in the artist’s colony of Cornish, New Hampshire, The Red Oak brilliantly captures the tones and light that define the autumnal season.  “As his Cornish paintings from 1911 so effectively demonstrate, the artist had mastered a distinctive approach to landscape painting by this point.  Described as ‘tender and withal true,’ his manner appealed to many for its satisfying balance of naturalism and artifice, and his idyllic New England imagery reinforced widely held nostalgic conceptions of the region and of Yankee culture” (Barbara J. McAdam, Winter’s Promise: Willard Metcalf in Cornish, New Hampshire, 1909-1920, Hanover, New Hampshire, 1999, p. 19).

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