Impressionist Masterpiece Rediscovered

  • NEW YORK, New York
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  • May 16, 2011

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ERNEST LAWSON (1873-1939) - Central Park, c.1910

After almost a century in a single private collection, Ernest Lawson's "Central Park" has re-emerged.  The painting, executed circa 1910, went from Lawson by way of Mac Beth Galleries directly to a private collection in the midwest.

Representing the artist's best signature work, "Central Park" has not been exhibited or widely known until now, four generations later.

A member of the often gritty Ashcan School, Lawson visited urban subjects, but through his own lens of Impressionism. "Central Park" is a winter scene inside the Park looking east toward Fifth Avenue at 75th Street.  The northern end of the aquamarine boat pond is pictured at right.  The main structure and rhythm of the scene is set by the paths of the park, which wind gracefully from the low foreground to the high horizon line.  Encircled by dynamically painted, rosy, glowing, foliage, the paths are set off in myriad shades of white.  Along the path, 2 figures, a lady and a child, are depicted making their way through the brilliant wonderland.  

Several Fifth Avenue buildings define the horizon line, most notably the once magnificent Temple Beth El.  Built in 1891, the grand Romanesque edifice was destroyed in the mid-20th century as a result of economic forces and the merger of its congregation with Temple Emanuel (just a few blocks north.)  The Temple Beth El, alongside Tamany Hall, the original Madison Square Garden, the original Penn Station and the World Trade Towers, are recalled and listed as greatest New York architecture that is "Gone But Not Forgotten."  It's dramatic dome, flanked by two towers are clearly articulated by Lawson, crowning the image.

"Central Park"  is on view this week at Catherine Dail Fine Art's exhibition of Important American Paintings.  Also shown are museum quality works by Bricher, Casilear, Frieseke, Hale, Hartley, Heade, Johnson, Moran, Potthast, Sargent and others.  Contact Catherine Dail Fine Art at (212) 595-3550.


Catherine Dail
Catherine Dail Fine Art

Catherine Dail Fine Art
40 West 86th Street, 12th floor
New York, New York
About Catherine Dail Fine Art

Catherine Dail Fine Art is a private gallery specializing in 19th and 20th century works of art. Neighboring New York Historical Society, the Museum of Natural History and Bard Graduate Center for Decorative Arts and Design, the gallery resides on Manhattan's Upper West Side, directly across Central Park from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Conveniently located in a landmark Art Deco building at 40 West 86th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue, we are happy to accommodate your schedule with visits by appointment only. American painting from 1870-1970 is our passion and focus. This 100-year period encompasses the greatest Hudson River School and Luminist, Impressionist, Modernist and Pop-Art movements. Representing masterful works of landscape, portraiture, still life and abstraction, the gallery exhibits paintings, works on paper and sculpture. For over 20 years, Catherine Dail has been curating, appraising and consulting with private collectors, institutions and museums. We offer discreet personal attention and foster the joy of connoisseurship among first-time and experienced collectors alike. Based on extensive knowledge, comprehensive art historical research and thorough market evaluation, this gallery works with each client to build collections featuring best quality works. A graduate of Dartmouth College and New York University, Catherine Dail is an award-winning member of the Appraisers Association of America. We look forward to speaking with you by phone and making an appointment to welcome you to the gallery. Catherine Dail, Owner and Director

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