In the Heat

Hawthorne Fine Art show­cases sum­mer scenes

American Fine Art Magazine - - Gallery Preview: New York, Ny -

Through Au­gust 31

Hawthorne Fine Art 12 E. 86th Street, Suite 1425 New York, NY 10028 t: (212) 731-0550 www.hawthorne­fin­eart.com

The per­va­sive sun­shine and sparkling-blue waters of sum­mer­time have long in­spired peo­ple to ex­am­ine the world around them. In a new ex­hi­bi­tion, Hawthorne Fine Art will dis­play a group of paint­ings that high­light the ex­hil­a­ra­tion of the sea­son.“we found that each work presents sum­mer as a time of leisure and con­tem­pla­tion of na­ture’s beauty. The sea­son also seems to fos­ter a closer re­la­tion­ship be­tween fig­ures and their nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment,” says Jen­nifer C. Krieger, manag­ing part­ner of Hawthorne.the works on view come from Mau­rice Brazil Pren­der­gast, Charles Wil­son Knapp, Al­fred T. Bricher, John Henry Hill, East­man John­son and many others.

Wa­ter—from seas, lakes and rivers—is fea­tured promi­nently in many of the paint­ings on dis­play, cap­tur­ing the cool re­lief from the en­croach­ing heat of a sum­mer’s day. Noted for his New Eng­land seascapes, Bricher’s wa­ter­color Low Tide, In­dian Rock, Nar­ra­gansett, RI shows a hazy day on the rocky coast. Krieger notes, “This piece, while del­i­cately drafted, uses the wa­tery medium to al­most con­vey the tem­per­a­ture and fresh­ness of the waters around Nar­ra­gansett, a sum­mer hotspot for artists.”

Pren­der­gast trans­ports view­ers to join sea bathers on the French coast with his Har­bor-fin­istère.the work has a

sense of idyl­lic es­capism, and was most likely ex­e­cuted early in the artist’s ca­reer. “[It] re­flects the French in­flu­ence in Pren­der­gast’s style, par­tic­u­larly ref­er­enc­ing Boudin’s cool hued el­e­gant de­pic­tions of sea­side com­mu­ni­ties around the coast of France,” ac­cord­ing to Krieger.

In Fish­er­men by a Brook, Knapp re­flects the way sum­mer brings many a re­newed in­ter­est in the na­ture around them, a time when the weather calls to give into one’s sense of ad­ven­ture. In it, two men stand in the mid­dle of a dense for­est, iso­lated from the rest of the world. Krieger says, “This work re­lays the close­ness of man to na­ture as the fish­er­men re­main nes­tled in the dra­matic gorge.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion of sum­mer paint­ings re­mains on view at Hawthorne Fine

Art in New York through Au­gust 31.

Charles Wil­son Knapp (18231900), Fish­er­men by a Brook. Oil on can­vas, 24 x 20 in., signed.

Mau­rice Brazil Pren­der­gast (1858-1924), Har­bor-fin­istère. Oil on board, 5½ x 85/8 in., signed lower left.

John Henry Hill (1839-1922), In the Hud­son High­lands, 1884. Wa­ter­color on pa­per, 10¼ x 14¾ in., signed lower right.

Al­fred T. Bricher (1837-1908), Low Tide, In­dian Rock, Nar­ra­gansett, RI. Wa­ter­color on pa­per, 12½ x 19¼ in., signed lower left.

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