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W. Edward Norton


Gallery Database:


William Edward Norton, (1843-1916).

"The Blue Dory," oil on canvas, 12 x 16,



Curator's Comment:

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.  There 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, and elsewhere along the Maine coast. "The Blue Dory" is one of the most emotionally powerful paintings in our collection. Its near photographic realism journeys 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.  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.


"Off Monhegan," (12 x 20)

Tops $30K!

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 $30,625!

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The Artist, 1875,

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