Lot 200

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William Woodward (American/New Orleans, 1859-1939), "Expansive View of a New England Rocky Coast", oil on canvas, monogrammed lower left, partial handwritten label on reverse of frame, 30 in. x 40 in., original frame. Provenance: Descended in a New Orleans family; thence to the collection of an esteemed New Orleans antiquarian on Chartres Street. Note: A beautiful seascape in New England, likely near William Woodward’s native Seekonk, Massachusetts, the painting offered here displays the artist’s characteristic Impressionist brushwork and lighting. The reflections of light on the water and the rocky shore are created with patchy brushstrokes of varying colors that combine to create a coastal image with which the artist would have been familiar from his childhood in Massachusetts and his years of study at the Rhode Island School of Design. Woodward, who traveled extensively, often returned to the Northeast to paint the landscapes of his youth. An accompanying document and partial label on the frame mention that this painting was owned by John Ordway, a fellow professor at Tulane University. Ordway was Dean of the Faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before accepting a position at Tulane as Dean of the School of Technology in 1884; it is understandable that a fellow New Englander would appreciate a seascape depicting his former home. The two professors worked closely together in the Tulane Manual Training School, creating a program that would teach students to be “rounded in art expression – mechanical and architectural as well as artist.” Documentation also notes the inclusion of this painting in an exhibition at the Tennessee Centennial Exposition of 1897. This exposition, which took place to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Tennessee’s statehood, included a full-scale replica of the Parthenon, which served as the Fine Arts building. The exhibit was so popular that it became a permanent structure and still stands in what is today Nashville’s Centennial Park. Woodward was a great admirer of expositions, having first become interested in art after visiting the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition and having exhibited in the 1884 World’s Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition in New Orleans and the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Ref.: Hinckley, Robert, ed. William Woodward: American Impressionist. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2012.

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