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Artist Name: Johann Berthelsen
Artist Dates: 1883 - 1972
Painting Title: Home at Great Neck
Painting Date: No Date
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Signature: Signed Lower Right
Condition: Newly Cleaned
Size Unframed: 20 x 16
Frame Condition: Antique
Artist Best Price: $42,300
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Curator's Comments: Painted circa late 1940s. The scene depicts the family home of Mr.
Charles Tomick, a prominent Great Neck attorney of the time. Acquired directly from the artist;
by descent to the present owner The artist's son, Lee Berthelsen, is the source of the description.
And the Johann Berthelsen Conservancy has authenticated this painting. We are very happy with
this Berthelsen, especially so because it is NOT one of the typical New York City snow scenes, which
now appear much too numerous for our sense of security.
Owing to increasing demand, we see China-sourced copies as a potential threat for collectors of
Berthelsen. Having said as much we are now posting a forgery alert. We have seen two of the New
York City landmark scenes that were clearly copies offered at major auctions, and a host more on
E-Bay, where they are attracting ignorant bids. This is particularly true with the smaller sizes, and
we see it as an increasing problem. Collectors should seek a professional opinion at all costs.
Contact the Johann Berthelsen Conservancy, which provides authentification services E-mail to:
Our painting has just returned from a professional cleaning (with our restorer remarking that the
work must have been hanging in the same place for at least 50 years), and we think the image is
dramatically whiter and more interesting than even we first thought. Berthelsen, favoring the
steeply sloping multi-gabeled gothic revival roof of Tomick's mansion is showing us the sunset
snowfall's fusion of earth and sky, repeated in the total glowing absolutely perfect whiteness of the
dwelling and the heavens. We have now been looking at this work for a long time, and we have
become increasingly sensitive to its serene power. The painting is about "home" in every sense of
the word--as a refuge from the elements and as a mental state that allows us peace in a world where
our ultimate resting place is known to us from the start. Frankly, we think it epitomizes what
Berthelsen did best, rendering the snowy world with absolute beauty--really, this is an outstanding
work. It is likely that the frame is one of the originals treated with white and brown spattering by
the artist's wife.