William Wendt (1865-1946) Summer Thaw 24 1/4 x 30in (Painted in 1913.)

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Lot 183
William Wendt
(1865-1946)
Summer Thaw 24 1/4 x 30in

Sold for US$ 25,075 inc. premium
William Wendt (1865-1946)
Summer Thaw
signed and dated '· WILLIAM WENDT · 1913 ·' (lower right)
oil on canvas
24 1/4 x 30in
Painted in 1913.

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Private collection, Southern California.

    Literature
    (possibly) J.A. Walker, Documents on the Life and Art of William Wendt, California's Painter Laureate of the Paysage moralisé, Big Pine, 1992, p. 206, no. 823.

    William Wendt's landscapes reveal as much about the grandeur of the West as the artist's own religious beliefs. Wendt believed in the theory of intelligent design and believed that God's creative purpose for the Earth is as evident in the natural world as in scripture. This mountain landscape, with its bright, broad and lively brushwork, emphasizes the contrast between the immortality of the landscape and the mortality of its creator. The juxtaposition of these two truths, both of which Wendt deeply believed, appear frequently throughout his landscape compositions: 'A man who can compose so surely and strongly has to know where he stands in relation to life, he must see the world as a moral creation, a thing of inevitable laws and definite structures.'
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