19th C. William Paskell Painting - Mount Paugus
William Frederick Paskell (British-born American, 1866-1951). Oil on canvas, late 19th to early 20th century. Signed at lower left. A stunning, large-scale landscape painting by William Paskell, one of the last of the White Mountain School of Painters who worked in the 19th century. The composition of this painting is similar to Paskell's "Mount Paugus from Tamworth" (see White Mountain Art & Artists website). New Hampshire's Mount Paugus is in the eastern Sandwich Range located between Mt. Passaconaway and Mt. Chocorua. Paskell invites the viewer to visually walk along a central trail and experience autumn in New England. Fiery red and golden leaves contrast beautifully with the purple mountain peaks, while grasses flanking the path still present with verdant splendor and pink blossoms, holding on to fleeting summer. Mounted in a beautiful antique frame. Size (painting): 30" L x 40" W (76.2 cm x 101.6 cm) Size (frame): 34.2" L x 44.2" W (86.9 cm x 112.3 cm)
All is delineated in Paskell's Impressionist manner, replete with loose, painterly brushstrokes and glistening light effects. Finally, this breathtaking window onto nature's sublimity is mounted in an antique gilt frame.
About the artist: "William F. Paskell was born in London on October 5, 1885. He moved with his family to Boston in 1872. By the age of twenty-one he was already mentioned in the press as a very promising artist, with his paintings hanging beside the work of Childe Hassam and John J. Enneking in the annual Boston Art Club exhibitions. Paskell married in 1900 and by 1905 had four children. In order to provide for his family, Paskell pushed his paintings on the market faster then the market could absorb them and thus depressed the prices of his own works. However, after years of neglect, Paskell's paintings are gradually earning the respect they deserve.
Paskell started painting a fairly tight style of impressionism, and gradually reached a loose impressionistic style before World War I. He told one of his grandchildren that to be best appreciated, his large landscape paintings had to be seen at twenty-five feet or more. Paskell painted up to the day of his death, dying in Boston in 1951 at the age of eighty-five, in humble circumstances. He is considered one of the last 'White Mountain School of Painters' with a connection to the 19th century. He painted both watercolors and oils. His paintings were exhibited at the Boston Art Club." (White Mountain Art & Artist website)
Provenance: private Denver, Colorado, USA collection
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Condition Report: Painting is signed at lower left. Shows some age wear with areas of craquelure but the painting is quite stable with vivid imagery and vibrant color. Mounted in an attractive antique frame. There is an old label for Zesbaugh's Art Store (an art gallery established 1875 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) on upper stretcher bar. Fit with suspension wire.