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American Fine Art Magazine - - Editor’s Letter -

Sled­ding in Ip­swich, Mas­sachusetts, circa 1908 -1915 Oil on can­vas, 19 1/8 x 23 1/4 inches, signed lower left: Theodore Wen­del

Theodore Wen­del was one of the first Amer­i­can artists in Europe to meet Claude Monet, and to fully em­brace the lighter pal­ette and at­mo­spheric paint­ing of the Im­pres­sion­ists. Wen­del adapted this style to cap­ture the salt­marshes, fields and charm­ing vil­lage of Ip­swich, Mas­sachusetts, his own per­sonal Giverny, away from the hub­bub of ur­ban life. Sled­ding in Ip­swich, Mas­sachusetts cap­tures a trio of chil­dren en­joy­ing a win­ter pas­time un­der a canopy of trees along­side snow-laden homes, the scene crowned by the dis­tinc­tive red steeple of the First Par­ish Church. The paint­ing was in­scribed on the back ‘To my friend Pax­ton,’ most likely re­fer­ring to William Pax­ton, the Bos­ton painter and fel­low in­struc­tor at the Cowles School of Art in Bos­ton, and re­veals Wen­del’s tal­ent for ren­der­ing light and at­mos­phere even dur­ing the cold­est of sea­sons.

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