ELISHA KENT KANE WETHERILL
American, New York, (1874 - 1929)
"SAILING NEAR THE SHORE"
Oil on panel
Provenance: The estate of the artist
Panel bearing the stamp "Lucien Lefebvre-Foinet 18 Rue Vavia & 2.Rue Bres-Paris"*
Housed in a 22K giltwood carved custom frame (see below)
Museums: Whistler House Museum of Art; Everson Museum Of Art; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts;
Philadelphia Sketch Club; Art Club Philadelphia; Luxembourg Museum, Paris
Books 17: including Light, Air, and Color: American Impressionist Paintings from Pennsylvania
Academy of Fine Art, Danly; Art What Thou Eat, Images of Food in American Art, Gustafson;
The History and Ideals of American Art, Neuhaus
Image size : 10.5" High x 18" Wide
We are very fortunate to have just purchased three works by Philadelphia and New York painter Elisha Kent
Kane Wetherill. Wetherill studied with Thomas Anshutz at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in the late
1890s and from1906-09, with J.P. Laurens at the Académie Julian in Paris, 1902, and with James Abbot
McNeill Whistler, also in Paris. He specialized in views of New York, including figural work as well as landscapes
and seascapes. He was a member of the National Academy of Design, Salmagundi Club, Allied Artists of America,
Brooklyn Society of Etchers, and the Philadelphia Sketch Club. In 1915 Wetherill received a gold medal at the
Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco and, in 1926, won a silver medal at the Sesqui-Centennial Exposition in
Philadelphia. He also exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, and at the National Academy of Design in 1925.
"Sailing Near the Shore" is our third and largest selection by Elisha Kent Wetherill. Once again, the vibrant
post-impressionist flatly-lit colors command the panel. In another unusual almost contemporary palette and application,
cobalt greens are juxtaposed with violets, cerulean blues and acid yellow-greens - punctuated by the coral sails and
markers. The format that appears so simple is actually precisely composed, with subtle divisions of space, gentle
diagonals and strategically positioned verticals and color. The result is simultaneously quiet and powerful.
*Lucien Lefebvre-Foinet was a well-known art supply dealer in Montparnasse. The firm was responsible for art
conservation and supplied canvases and pigment to many of the modern masters. It has been said that Monsieur
Lefebvre-Foinet was responsible for the spread of modern art as he was influential enough to accomplish the export
hundreds of canvases from American galleries to post-war Europe. He
also had a fine collection of art.
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Birth place: Philadelphia, PA
Death place: Aberdeen, SC
Addresses: Philadelphia PA; NYC/Phoenicia, NY
Profession: Painter in oil and watercolor, etcher
Studied: University of Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art with Anshutz, late 1890s and 1906-09;
Académie Julian, Paris with J.P. Laurens, 1902; also with Whistler in Paris.
Exhibited: Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art Annual, 1906-10, 1921-27; Corcoran Gallery biennials,
1907-26 (6 times); Pan-Pacific Expo, San Francisco, 1915; Sesqui-Centenniel Expo, Philadelphia, 1926 (medal);
Salons of America; Art Institute of Chicago.
Member: Associate National Academy, 1927; Sketch Club; Salmagundi Club;
Allied Artists of America; Brooklyn Society of Etchers
Work: Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art; Art Club Philadelphia; Luxembourg Museum, Paris
Comments: Specialized in seascapes, views of New York, and figural works. His death was the result of injuries
received in World War I.
Sources: WW27; Danly, Light, Air, and Color, 89; Falk, Exhibition Record Series.
This biography is drawn from the 'Who Was Who in American Art', the reference book on the cultural life in the United States.
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