"NIGHT ON FRONT STREET - EFFECTS OF THE RAIN"
Philadelphia, PA, Circa 1945
Watercolor and gouache on Board
Provenance: Estate of the Artist.
Housed in a custom carved 22k giltwood frame
Listed: Davenport's, Society of Independent Artists, Who's Who in
Personal comment: This image is much in the manner and quality of
James McNeill Whistler
Aton P. Albers Jr. studied at the
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and worked as an art director in
Known primarily as a mural painter, he also was a
successful designer of stained glass windows and church decorations.
He exhibited at The Art Alliance, The Academy of Fine Arts, The
Society of Independent Artists, and the Philadelphia
Sketch Club, as well as
in several New York galleries.
This illusive and finely painted
watercolor scene of the Philadelphia mid 20th century harbor is
reminiscent of the
works of James McNeill Whistler - the subtle colors lost
into sepias accented with a few lights - mistily depicted,
descriptive of both locale and feeling.
Philadelphia review of a similar Albers painting states, "Albers'
painting shows an unusually quiet
moment in the busy life of Philadelphia's
maritime port. Here in the world's largest fresh water port, 1/7 of the
nation's water commerce is handled. Every 20 minutes a cargo ship arrives
or departs at one of the 267 wharves
and piers that line the length of the
avenue. Clanging locomotives, with their long lines of freight, honking
and drays shunt these cargoes back and forth in a seemingly
impossible maze of confusion and noise."
Image size: 7.75"H x 10.75"W
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