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Theodore Wores
1859 - 1939
CHINESE MUSICIANS
signed Theo. Wores., inscribed S.F. and dated 1884. (lower right)
oil on canvas
30 by 35 1/2 inches
(76.2 by 90.2 cm)
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We are grateful to Professor Chad Mandeles of the Fashion Institute of Technology, author of Theodore Wores's Chinese Fishmonger in a Cosmopolitan Context (The American Art Journal, vol. 16, no. 1, Winter, 1984), for researching this lot.

來源

Lord Rosebery, England, by 1889
Private collection, by 1984 (sold: Sotheby's, New York, Fine Chinese Works of Art, Paintings and Furniture, March 17, 1984, lot 441B)
Acquired by the present owner at the above sale

展覽

London, Dowdeswell Galleries, A Collection of Pictures of Japanese and Chinese Life, by Theodore Wores, July 1889, n.p.
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, March 2016-April 2017 (on loan)

出版

The Star, London, July 9, 1889, n.p.
The Table, London, July 6, 1889, n.p.
The Queen, London, July 27, 1889, n.p.

相關資料

A noted landscape and genre painter, Theodore Wores was born in San Francisco, California, in 1859. He was one of the first students of the School of Design of the San Francisco Art Association and studied under Virgil Williams, a former student of George Inness. In 1874, Wores left for Munich to train at the Royal Academy, where he befriended Frank Duveneck and William Merritt Chase. After being introduced to James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Wores developed a passionate interest in the arts of Japan. Returning to the United States in 1881, Wores began a series of images dedicated to San Francisco's Chinatown, a neighborhood that he had first come to know and appreciate during his youth. 

Wores' Chinatown subjects are extremely rare, as most were destroyed in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Chinese Fishmonger, one of the few works to survive in addition to Chinese Musicians, is now in the collection of the Smithsonian Art Museum in Washington, D.C. Of the present work, Wores remarked: "All the Chinese pictures at my show were painted in the Chinese quarter in San Francisco. I have never been in China itself. You see, it's the dream of every young artist to find a new line—something that nobody has done before. No American artist had touched Chinese life, and I saw my chance there" (quoted in The Star, London, July 9, 1889). When it was exhibited at Dowdeswell Galleries in 1889, Chinese Musicians was highly praised in the London press: "The Earl of Rosebery's Chinese Musicians and Sir Thomas Hesketh's Chinese Provision Shop are particularly fine examples of Mr. Wores' art" (The Table, London, July 6, 1889, n.p.).

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