Aesthetics of the Nude: Childe Hassam and George Ault

In his 1988 treatise on Pablo Picasso’s painting Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907), art historian Leo Steinberg asks us, “Are the anatomies of these women… a matter of changing taste, or of substituting the abstract expressiveness of sharp angles for anatomical curves?”[1] The subtext of Steinberg’s query is clear: is it the way the nude is… Continue reading Aesthetics of the Nude: Childe Hassam and George Ault

The Sentimental South in American Painting of the 1920s

The 1920s, celebrated as the ‘Roaring Twenties,’ continue live in the American imagination as an iconic and indulgent era that critics self-consciously commented on prior to its conclusion. Accordingly, “even before the end of the 1920s historians had begun to write the history of the decade and to offer characterizations that have lingered ever since,”… Continue reading The Sentimental South in American Painting of the 1920s

Brooklyn Sublime: Theodore Earl Butler featured at the Hudson River Museum

Hawthorne Fine Art is pleased to announce the inclusion of our painting Brooklyn Bridge by Theodore Earl Butler in the exhibition Industrial Sublime: Modernism and the Transformation of New York’s Rivers, 1900­–1940. This exhibition will be on view through January 17, 2014 at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, New York. Butler’s view above New York’s… Continue reading Brooklyn Sublime: Theodore Earl Butler featured at the Hudson River Museum

Did you do your Summer Reading?

Hawthorne Fine Art is pleased to present the third installment of our annual Summer Reading: American Paintings and American Prose. This catalogue features highlights from the gallery’s exquisite inventory of landscape paintings paired with selections of writing by well-known American literary figures. For summer 2013, we explore works by painters who found artistic inspiration in… Continue reading Did you do your Summer Reading?

Spring Acquisitions

To celebrate the official start of summer, we thought we would highlight some of Hawthorne Fine Art’s exciting spring acquisitions of American landscape painting. Two recent additions to our inventory feature the distinct tonalist brushwork of George Inness (1825–1894). Both Pompton and Pastoral Landscape with Reclining Male Figure were completed in or around 1877, when… Continue reading Spring Acquisitions

An Artist Abroad: Frederick Carl Frieseke (1874-1939) in Holland and France

An American expatriate, Frederick Carl Frieseke left New York for Paris in 1898 to attend the Académie Julian and the Académie Carmen, where he studied with James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834–1903). In the summer of the same year, Frieseke traveled to Holland, visiting the artist colonies in both Katwijk and Laren. Like many American artists… Continue reading An Artist Abroad: Frederick Carl Frieseke (1874-1939) in Holland and France

Gustave Wolff: An Impressionist Eye for New York, at the Wichita Art Museum

New York landscapes by St. Louis-born American Impressionist Gustave Wolff (1863–1935) will be featured in the upcoming exhibition Gustave Wolff: An Impressionist Eye for New York, on view at the Wichita Art Musum from May 13 through August 5, 2012. Paintings in the exhibition have been drawn from the holdings of Hawthorne Fine Art, and are… Continue reading Gustave Wolff: An Impressionist Eye for New York, at the Wichita Art Museum