New York Skyline from the Brooklyn Navy Yard

by Johann Berthelsen (1883–1972)
Oil on canvas
16⅛ x 20⅛ inches
Signed lower right: Johann Berthelsen


Collection of Mr. and Mrs. James Jemail, New York, New York

Angela Gross Folk, New Jersey

Estate of above

Sale, Freemans, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 20, 2023, lot 24, from above

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Note: Johann Berthelsen depicts the East River, spotted with a variety of shipping vessels, with the skyline of Lower Manhattan in the distance. The artist created numerous depictions of Manhattan from across the river, typically featuring one of the city’s iconic bridges overhead.

James (Jimmy) Jemail worked as a writer-photographer for The Daily News for over fifty years, interviewing presidents, celebrities, and socialites.

Angela Gross Folk collected an impressive array of art over forty years, amassing notable works of American impressionism and modernism.

Artist Biography

Johann Berthelsen was a celebrated American impressionist known for his poetic renditions of New York City. Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Berthelsen immigrated to the United States with his family as a child. He first expressed his artistic inclinations through music, a passion that played out over the course of his career. Berthelsen was a highly trained baritone who toured the country with the Grand Opera Company, ran the voice department at the Indianapolis Conservatory of Music, and opened his own teaching studio in New York City in 1920.

The Victorian critics John Ruskin and Walter Pater likened painting to music,

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