William Wendt (1865-1946) The Soil 30 x 36in

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Lot 150
William Wendt
(1865-1946)
The Soil 30 x 36in

Sold for US$ 106,325 inc. premium
William Wendt (1865-1946)
The Soil
signed 'William Wendt' (lower right) and titled (on the stretcher bar)
oil on canvas
30 x 36in

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Stendahl Galleries, Los Angeles, California.
    A Southern California Museum.
    Private collection, Beverly Hills, California.

    Exhibited
    Los Angeles, Stendahl Galleries, William Wendt And His Work, 1926, p. 38, ill. p. 38, number 16.

    Literature
    Los Angeles, Los Angeles Evening Express, April 20, 1926.
    J.A. Walker, Documents on the Life and Art of William Wendt, 1865-1946: California's Painter Laureate of the Paysage moralisé, Big Pine, 1992, p. 186, no. 628.
    W. South, In Nature's Temple: The Life and Art of William Wendt, Irvine, 2008, p. 109, illustrated.

    In his 1926 exhibition catalogue on the artist's work, Earl Stendahl writes colorfully of this painting "The Spring verdure on the sheer hill that focuses the eye of the beholder carries evanescent blue shadows. The smiling foreground valley shows the verdure as that which gives such keen loveliness to the hill. The soil along the banks of the winding stream is a dull gold in color, and the lower lands show maroon and lavender. The opulent peace of California breathes through the picture".

    In the mid 1920's, Wendt painted a group of oils in and around the Nine Sisters, or the Morros. These are a chain of nine volcanic mountains and hills in western San Luis Obispo County. They run between Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo. The Soil depicts one of those volcanic formations. His most famous oil from this group of paintings is Where Nature's God Hath Wrought. In Will South's book In Nature's Temple: The Life and Art of William Wendt he remarks of this work that 'It is at once the mountain we struggle to climb, a symbol of life and work. It is again nature as God's formidable handiwork, looming above us and pointing, literally, heavenward.' South adds, 'It thus evokes time and endurance, God and man, and the earth itself that we would dare manipulate. This painting, in essence, was [for] William Wendt, the closest thing he would make to a self-portrait, a deliberate and very formal paean to everything in which he believed.' The same may be said of The Soil equally. It reveals what a significant impact these scenes had on the artist's life.
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