A Joy Forever: Treasures of American Art Suited for Giving

  • NEW YORK, New York
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  • December 06, 2014

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GEORGE WALTER DAWSON (1870-1938) White Water Lily, 1912 Watercolor on paper 10 x 10 in Signed and dedicated by the artist in pencil lower right: “George Walter Dawson to Amy & Thornton Oakley”
Hawthorne Fine Art, LLC

Over 40 paintings priced at or under $7,500 on display at Hawthorne Fine Art, LLC.

Hawthorne Fine Art, LLC is pleased to present A Joy Forever, an exhibition of over forty paintings from its American Art collection, December 3, 2014—January 30, 2015. The holiday exhibition revolves around the theme of artistic generosity, highlighting works of art particularly suited for giving. 

The exhibition takes as its departure a work from the collection entitled White Water Lily by the watercolorist George Walter Dawson. Inscribed across the top of the 1912 painting is an inscription that reads: “George Walter Dawson to Amy & Thornton Oakley.” Dawson was not the only nineteenth century artist to gift his paintings to friends, nor was he the only one to inscribe them so. Many nineteenth century American artists engaged in artistic exchange with friends and family, freely giving their paintings on notable occasions—such as marriages, births—or, sometimes (and perhaps most sweetly) for no particular reason at all. Wrought as they are with sentimental meaning, these gifted paintings are often passed down through the generations to become family heirlooms: truly, a joy forever. 

ALICE HIRSCH (1888‒1935) Chrysler Building, 1931 Oil on canvasboard 16 x 12 inches Signed lower right, titled and dated 1931
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This holiday season, Hawthorne Fine Art has brought together some of its finest works for an exhibition that celebrates the painting as gift. Whether it is with a depiction of Manhattan’s elegant silhouettes as in Alice Hirsch’s Chrysler Building from 1931 (painted the only year it reigned as the tallest building in New York) and Frank Herrmann’s solitary yet scintillating depiction of Union Square from 1925, in an homage to travel, such as John Williamson’s Venetian Sunset or Clark Voorhees’ sunny King’s Point, Bermuda; or in a winter scene by Douglas Arthur Teed, Maple Sugar, 1883 that captures the true spirit of the season, A Joy Forever highlights works especially fit and priced for giving; with framed pieces ranging from $2,500 to $7,500 all by noted 19th and early 20th century American artists. Hawthorne Fine Art invites its visitors to affordably share a timeless painting with a loved one.

Hawthorne Fine Art is a full service 19th and 20th century American Art gallery located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Its showroom at 12 East 86th Street (between 5th and Madison Aves) is open by appointment. For further information, please contact Jennifer Krieger at 212.731.0550, info@hawthornefineart.com, or visit www.hawthornefineart.com .


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