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Artist Name:       Hugh Bolton Jones
Artist Dates:       1848 - 1927
Painting Title:     A Clear Stream
Painting Date:     1898 ca.
Medium:            Oil on Canvas
Signature:           Signed Lower Left
Provenance:        Private Collection
Condition:           Excellent
Size Unframed:    16 x 26
Frame Condition: Quality Antique
Artist Best Price:  $90,000
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Curator's Comments: Born in 1848 in Baltimore,
Jones began his formal studies at the Maryland
Institute under the portrait painter David Acheson
Woodward and later with Horace W. Robbins, who had
just returned from a year of travel with Frederic Edwin
Church. So it should be no surprise that Jones came to
study with Church, who is the chief influence on his
work. You can see it in the light, which picks up
Church's magnificent tonality. In 1876, Jones and his
younger brother Francis Coates Jones began a
four-year sojourn in Europe, where Jones completed
some study at the Academy Julien, as the many
Americans who later followed him. He joined the artist
colony on the North coast of France in Pont-Aven,
Brittany, which would later become an American center
under the Harrisons.  Other post-Civil War painters
frequented this area as well, including genre painter
Thomas Hovenden, who Jones had met earlier in
Baltimore and Philadelphia, where Hovenden worked at

Upon his return to the United States, Jones settled in
New York but purchased a summer cottage in South
Egremont, Massachusetts, where he painted the
Berkshires, and traveled to landscapes in Maryland and
as far as West Virginia. Hudson River School
influence, from Church, is seen in the rendering of
brilliant midday light and formalist attention to exact
natural details of the plein aire scene.  Despite the
Barbizon-like rendering of light and shadow, executed
with an energetic brushstroke, Jones' artist intent was
set on capturing the spectacle of a pictorial landscape
as it varied across the seasonal spectrum of
illumination. His scenery conveys its value through
features brought into focus with exquisite detail and
radiant tonality, here seen in the suffused pink that
raises earthen browns and sharpens verdant greens as
in his wonderful skunk cabbage. We show a selection
of Jones' works whose seasonality provides a
continuing harmony across the subject of his favorite
stream close to Sheffield, Massachusetts, only a few
miles from his cottage in Western Massachusetts in
the foothills of Mount Washington. We see Jones as a
precursor for Edwin Parker Hayden, who painted the
same ground, and who stands in relation to World War
I, in almost the same way that Jones comes after the
Civil War, with a photographic rendition of nature's
inner peace, something badly needed by a nation where
almost every family had suffered deadly loss.

Jones' works were widely exhibited in the United States
at the turn of the century, and their powerful gemlike
focus on nature in the perfected moment continues to
bring high prices today. He was elected to the Society of
American Artists in 1881 and to the National Academy
of Design (where he had exhibited in the 1860s and
continued to do so for a record sixty years) in 1883.  He
was also a member of the American Water Color
Society, the National Inst of Arts & Letters and the
National Arts Club.  He won medals for the paintings
he submitted to the Columbian Exposition in Chicago
in 1893; at the 1889 and 1900 Paris Expositions; at the
1904 St. Louis Exposition and at the 1915
Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco.  His
paintings are included in the permanent collections of
the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Pennsylvania
Academy of Fine Art; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the
Brooklyn Museum, and the Smithsonian. The artist
died in 1927 in New York City. This painting will be
included in the forthcoming
catalogue raisonne under
the direction of Dr. Eleanor Ashton.
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