Lot 225

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Wilson Henry Irvine (American, 1869-1936), "New Orleans Courtyard", oil on canvas, signed lower right, "Campanile Galleries Inc., Chicago, IL" label en verso, 25 in. x 30 in., framed with artist and title plaque. Note: Following the founding of the Southern Art Union in 1880, the artistic community of New Orleans flourished. with the arrival of William and Ellsworth Woodward and establishment of a historic art program at Tulane University, the New Orleans art scene continued to blossom into the early part of the twentieth-century. In the years following World War I, New Orleans attracted an eclectic and important assemblage of artists, writers and intellectuals who, in the 1920s, transformed the French Quarter into a vibrant bohemia. The group included William Faulkner, William Spratling, Oliver La Farge, Sherwood Anderson and many regional and visiting artists and writers. Wilson Henry Irvine wintered in New Orleans in 1927-28, where he was noted for his praise of “the old grey places where the walls were decaying.” A key figure in twentieth-century American Impressionism, Irvine arrived at the height of the French Quarter Renaissance. Historic preservation and commercial revitalization had just begun to transform the neighborhood, and Irvine sought out historic courtyards, such as the colorful “antique scene” depicted on the canvas offered here. Laundry, children and moss-covered stones reveal the intimate side of the French Quarter, capturing the quotidian life of its residents. Ref.: Reed, John Shelton. Dixie Bohemia. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2012.

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April 13, 2019 10:00 AM CDT
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