Today we are happy to present for sale a wonderful antique Harold Wolcott oil on board painting! A bit of info on Harold Wolcott, courtesy of Petrea Wolcott Noyes:
Wolcott was born in New York in 1898 and served in WWI and later worked as a stockbroker. His first art-related job was as an advertising graphic artist. He studied at the Art Students’ League in NY and the National Academy of Design under Hans Hoffman.
In the late 1940’s, he left his advertising job to devote more time to painting. He then moved from Scarsdale, NY, to Southport, CT, in 1949, when he began giving classes.
He served as the Art Director of the Hudson River Museum for more than 12 years and continued to teach art. He was represented by Grand Central Art Gallery in NY, as well as Portraits, Inc., and the Bendann Art Gallery of Baltimore.
He was a member of the Salmagundi Club of NY, Silvermine Guide of Artists in CT, Springfield Art Association of MA, Hudson Valley Art Association, and the National Academy of Design. He received the Louis Seeley Purchase Award in 1960 from the Salmagundi Club Annual Exhibition, and more than 20 other local and national awards.
He had more than a dozen one-man shows in his lifetime. Mallett’s “Index of Artists” shows him exhibiting in 1935 at White Plains, NY. He was best known as a portrait artist apparently, as well as landscapes, generally with architectural elements in them. He died in 1977.
This beautiful oil on board painting is masterfully painted and executed. Tastefully done in the French Impressionist manner, the painting features a green and purple palette of soft and warm colors. The piece depicts a lovely young woman with beautiful golden blond hair braided at the back and adorned with a pale lavender bow. The young lady has creamy alabaster skin and a serene expression on her face. She wears a white and purple ruffled blouse and attentively reads a book. The chiaroscuro green background adds to the moodiness of the composition. The piece is signed by the artist at the upper left corner, and frames in a period white-washed giltwood frame which complements the painting beautifully.
The painting presents well and is in very good antique condition, with very minor display wear and patina commensurate with age. The painting’s surface is bright and clean and with no visible tears or repairs. The frame is in good antique condition, with minor wear and patina commensurate with age, and a few small (and hard to notice) small losses, stable age-related fractures, and repairs.
Add Impressionist style and elegance to any interior with this delightful portrait…Fresh to the market from an old Providence estate!
Dimensions of framed artwork: 24-1/2″ in height, 21-3/4″ in length, 3-3/8″ in depth
Dimensions of board: 12″ in length, 16″ in height
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