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    The Blue Dory, Oil on Canvas, 12 x 16, Signed
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Curator's Comments: Another of our painters who is well represented in the
Smithsonian, with four canvases, Boston-born William Edward Norton studied with
George Inness, and went to Paris in the early 1870s. He studied with Chevreuse and
Vollon, and then settled in London where he exhibited throughout the last quarter of
the 19th century. In 1901, he returned to the U.S. and settled in New York City,
where the Rockaways became his subject. Norton also painted major seascapes at
Monhegan Island, Maine. The Blue Dory is one of the most emotionally powerful
paintings in our collection, photographic in its realism and at the same time
journeying far into the realm of symbolism. Poised for rebirth or death as it awaits
the tide, the dory is a deep archetype that arrests our vision a brilliant painting, in
excellent condition. Clearly, over time, one recognizes the mastery of a masterpiece.
A look at the
Blue Dory is enough to make Norton's artistry clear--he has given us
one of the most emotionally powerful works ever.
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Off Monhegan (12 x 20) Sets New Record

We were watching at Barridoff's annual
auction, when this incredible Norton
masterpiece crossed the block at a new
record high for this under-valued American
artist whose sky work alone is unequaled
in tonality--Sold for
The Artist, 1843-1916