Big Salmon Poolby Ogden Minton Pleissner (1905–1983)
15⅞ x 25¾ inches (sight size)
Signed lower left: Pleissner
Family of G. Macculloch Miller, commissioned from above
Estate of Flora Whitney Miller, from above
[With] The Sporting Gallery and Bookshop, New York, New York
Sale, Sotheby’s, New York, New York, May 28, 1987, lot 365, from estate of Flora Whitney Miller
Private collection, Massachusetts
Sale, Skinner Auctions, Marlborough, Massachusetts, May 21, 2021, lot 62
Note: Flora Whitney Miller (1897–1986) was the daughter of Gertrude Vanderbilt and Harry Payne Whitney and was a great collector and patron of the arts. In 1927, she married her second husband G. Macculloch Miller. This work was commissioned from the artist by the Miller family and depicts the York River on Gaspé Peninsula, Québec, one of the most desirable locales for Atlantic salmon fishing.
Famous American Sporting Artist and a “Good Academician”
By Amy Spencer
Ogden Pleissner was a realist artist whose passion for the outdoors translated as a powerful emotional presence in his paintings.
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Ogden Minton Pleissner was a twentieth century artist whose traditional images of city scenes, landscapes, battle fields, and sporting subjects were realistically detailed, yet uniquely evocative. He had some academic art training; however, Pleissner always credited his painting skills to