Joseph Raphael (1869-1950) Mr. Wiggin's Fish Pond 26 1/2 x 37 1/2in

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Lot 155
Joseph Raphael
(1869-1950)
Mr. Wiggin's Fish Pond 26 1/2 x 37 1/2in

Sold for US$ 106,325 inc. premium
Joseph Raphael (1869-1950)
Mr. Wiggin's Fish Pond
signed 'JOE RAPHAEL' (lower right) and titled (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
26 1/2 x 37 1/2in

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    The artist.
    Albert M. Bender, San Francisco, California, from the above.
    San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, California, gift from the above.
    From the Collection of John H. Garzoli, San Rafael, California.

    Exhibited
    Oakland, Mills College Art Gallery, Impressionist Paintings in California, November 18 - December 9, 1973.
    San Jose, The San Jose Museum of Art, The United States and the Impressionist Era, November 17, 1979 - January 9, 1980.

    Literature
    P.J. Karlstrom, The United States and the Impressionist Era [exh. cat.], San Jose, The San Jose Museum of Art, 1979.

    While Raphael essentially lived as an expatriate in Europe, his artistic standing in San Francisco remained strong and his visibility constant. This was due in no small part to the patronage of Albert M. Bender (1866-1941). As early as 1911, Bender championed Raphael's work and actively brokered it through such firms as Helgesen Gallery on Sutter Street. Bender was a great patron of the arts, particularly in the first quarter of the 20th Century, supporting Diego Rivera as well as a young Ansel Adams. One resounding indication of Raphael's prestige in San Francisco was the display of six paintings at the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition where the artist won a silver medal. The following year, a reviewer for the Oakland Tribune who attended Raphael's show in June at Helgesen praised the Belgian works for "vividness that makes the picture bring before the beholder the beauties of the original gardens. Raphael revels in color, and his themes are chosen largely for their radiant qualities which he paints with splendid force and conviction."
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