Hawthorne Fine Art, LLC, New York, New York
Private collection, La Jolla, California
Note: Gustave Wolff depicts the High Bridge in the Bronx. It is the oldest bridge in New York City, completed in 1848 as part of the Croton Aqueduct water distribution system. The steel archway, just visible on the right edge of Wolff’s painting, was added in 1928 to allow more space for navigation along the Harlem River.
German-born American artist Gustave Wolff was an impressionist and tonalist painter known for his atmospheric, poetic landscapes and cityscapes. Wolff’s family left Berlin and moved to St. Louis, Missouri, in 1866. Wolff first trained at the St. Louis School of Fine Arts and furthered his art education in Europe, primarily in the Netherlands. Influenced by his teachers Paul Cornoyer (1864–1923) and Frederick Oakes Sylvester (1869–1915), as well as New York-based artist William Merritt Chase (1849–1916), Wolff pulled from the conventions of the Dutch Hague School, American Impressionism, and Tonalism to establish his distinct style. Wolff adopted a loose, confident brushwork