SOLD The Lion Cloud

by Alexander Harrison (1853–1930)
Oil on canvas
47½ x 47¾ inches
Signed lower right: A Harrison.


Richard Stuart Gallery, Pipersville, Pennsylvania

Angela Gross Folk, acquired from above, ca. 1980

Estate of above

Sale, Sotheby’s, New York, New York, July 20, 2023, lot 473, from above


(Probably) Grand Palais, Paris, France, Salon de 1904, Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, 1904 (as Nuage Lion)

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, First Annual Exhibition of Oil Paintings by Contemporary American Artists, February 7–March 9, 1907

Tonalism: An American Experience, Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona, March 13–April 25, 1982; The Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, New York, May 8–June 6, 1982; New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut, June 13–July 11, 1982 (as Marine)


(Probably) Salon de 1904 Catalogue Illustré, Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts (Paris: Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, 1904), XV, no. 599. (as Nuage Lion)

First Annual Exhibition of Oil Paintings by Contemporary American Artists (Washington, DC: Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1907), n.p., no. 287.

Ilene Susan Fort, “Tonalism: An American Experience,” Arts Magazine, December 1982, 14. (as Marine)

William H. Gerdts, Tonalism: An American Experience (New York: Grand Central Art Galleries Art Education Association, 1982), 51, 73, cat. 34. (as Marine)

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Marine, ca. 1890–1895, oil on canvas, 18 x 25¾ inches; Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France

Moonrise, ca. 1910, oil on canvas, 27⅞ x 39½ inches; Dallas Museum of Art, Texas

Note: Alexander Harrison imbues this marine scene with a dramatic energy as the voluminous clouds twist upward above the calm shoreline, showcasing both the artist’s mastery of form and color.

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