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Artist Name:      Walter Farndon
Artist Dates:       1876 - 1964
Title:                  Autumn on the River
Painting Date:    Undated
Medium:             Oil on Board
Signature:            Signed LowerLeft
Provenance:        Museum Collection
Condition:            Excellent
Size Unframed:     14 x 18
Frame Condition:  Gallery Style
Artist Best Price:  $48,300
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Mahone Bay brought $15,000 at Swann's in 2008
Dockside brought $22,000 at Christies in 2006
Curator's Comments: We are pleased
once again to be offering a dramatic and truly colorful
work by Walter Farndon, 1876-1964, a painters
painter of gem-like landscapes who is well known to
diligent collectors. Born in Coventry, England,
Farndon came to the U.S., settling in Yonkers, NY,
and began his career in the early 1890s, painting
floral motifs in watercolor for a carpet factory.
Determined to become a professional artist despite his
family's financial struggles, he left the carpet factory
after a few years to enroll in the free school of the
National Academy of Design, where he first studied
with Edgar M. Ward. After thirteen attempts, his
drawing of a plaster cast of the Discobolus (discus
thrower), which he worked on nightly for an entire
month, was finally accepted by the Academy
Committee in 1898,  and he was later elected an
Associate in 1928, and an Academician in 1937. He
also studied with Robert Henri, and was a member of
the Society of Independent Artists. He was a member
of the New York Water Color Club, the American
Watercolor Society, the Allied Artists of America, the
American Artists Professional League, the Guild of
American Painters, the National Arts Club, the New
York Society of Painters, the Grand Central Art
Galleries and the Salmagundi Club, among others. He
exhibited his work and won numerous prizes
throughout New York and New England, and at the
Pennsylvania Academy, the Art Institute of Chicago,
the Corcoran Gallery and the Boston Art Club. Vose
Galleries has mounted five solo exhibitions of
Farndon's oil and watercolor paintings, in 1991, 1992,
1994, 1996 and 2006. Farndon  is primarily an Eastern
landscapist who painted en plein air and is best-known
for impasto, Impressionist, sometimes
near-Expressionist riverside, harbor and shore scenes.
His focus was mostly New England, and he traveled
extensively along the East Coast, finding favorite
seaside locations such as Monhegan Island, Boothbay
Harbor, Gloucester, and Nova Scotia. In the 1920s, he
painted in Ridgefield, New Jersey, where he was part
of a group called the Country Sketch Club, which
found its inspiration in nature and they spearheaded
the American Impressionist movement.   Farndon
died in 1964 in Valley Stream, on NY's Long Island.
He put his artistic credo (as seen in notebooks
bequeathed to the Smithsonian) simply: "The
principal payment for an artist is the personal
satisfaction of creating beauty (as personally seen and
felt), and giving to viewers some of the pleasure you
have experienced in the producing." Farndon's works
typically manage to retain the essential pleasure of
creation--which is why we are very pleased to offer
"Autumn on the River." The brilliant pallette knife
flowering trees are sending a signal that natural time
is entering the peace and rest of winter--while they
burst over the river everything else is waiting for the
coming quiet--the empty boat, the empty cottage
await the first snow. But the radiant trees also tell us
that spring will return because "ripeness is all"--their
beauty is ultimately as timeless as the natural cycle.
"Autumn on the River" shows how much Farndon
understood that art is there to manifest nature's
simple magnificence. The work bears a Vose Gallery
label on the verso, and was deaccessioned from the
Muscarelle Museum of the College of William and
Mary.
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Earlier Similar Motif ca. 1920