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GIFFORD BEAL (1879-1956)

Lobstermen on the Shore

Estimate : USD 50,000 - 70,000
Description

PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE AMERICAN COLLECTION

GIFFORD BEAL (1879-1956)
Lobstermen on the Shore
oil on canvas
28 ⅛ x 60 in. (71.4 x 152.4 cm.)

PROVENANCE
The artist.
Estate of the above.
Kraushaar Galleries, Inc., New York.
Acquired by the present owner from the above.

EXHIBITED
New York, Kraushaar Galleries, Inc.; Greensburg, Pennsylvania, Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Gifford Beal, At the Water's Edge: Fishing Paintings from the 1920s and 1930s, October 16, 1999-April 16, 2000, pp. 13, 16, illustrated.

Lot Notes

Gifford Beal’s Lobstermen on the Shore is a powerful example from a body of works that the artist completed in the 1920s and 1930s on summer trips to Rockport, Massachusetts. Jeffrey Wechsler wrote of this series of fishermen paintings: “As a group, these works bespeak a profound respect for the individuals depicted and the labor they engaged in...His painting methodology bends to the service of his subject matter, the continuity of the fisherman’s hard labor set against and in the permanent presence of the sea.” (Gifford Beal: At the Water’s Edge, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1999, p. 3)

In the present work, a trio of men carry their lobster cages down to the sea, where a dark silhouette of a fourth figure is already at the dock. Set against a vivid, sun-dappled sea of complementary oranges and blues and a deep red sky, the deeply shadowed, monumental figures in Lobstermen on the Shore are painted in a large scale format that heightens the visual drama, though the physical action of the men appears slow and steady. The work is also imbued with an impersonal atmosphere as the three brooding figures in the foreground are turned away from the viewer. The single figure in the distance, who does face the viewer, has his face concealed in dark shadow. Wechsler commented on this recurring aspect throughout the fishermen works, noting that when “Beal averts the faces of these figures from the viewer; their role as timeless archetype is emphasized over their individuality.” (Gifford Beal: At the Water’s Edge, p. 5)

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Good condition. Lined. Frame abrasion to the extreme edges. A few small areas of surface cracking. Under ultraviolet light, a few strokes of inpainting to the frame abrasion, a vertical line of inpainting in the house at left and a short vertical line of inpainting to the left of the center figure's left leg.

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