The Neighbor’s House, 1949

by George William Sotter (1879–1953)
Oil on board
26⅛ x 22⅛ inches
Signed and dated lower right: G.W. Sotter / –49–

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Provenance

Private collection, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Private collection, New Jersey, by descent from above

Sale, Freeman’s, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 6, 2020, lot 75, from above

Related Work

Untitled (Night Snow Scene), 1949, oil on canvas, 31 x 37 inches; James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Note: Painted at the height of his career, this work likely depicts the vicinity of the artist’s home and studio in Holicong, Pennsylvania, from a bird’s eye view, amidst the “tranquil tenor, beautiful stone houses and rolling hills of Bucks County.” This panting is most likely a composite of several perspectives Sotter observed. Sotter was initially invited to Bucks County, PA in 1902 to become the student of Edward Willis Redfield (1869–1965), moved there permanently in 1919, and ultimately became known for his Impressionist winter scenes of the region, like this one.

Artist Biography

George William Sotter was an American stained glass artist and impressionist painter remembered for his luminescent night scenes. He was born in Pittsburgh and studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1905–1907 under William Merritt Chase, Thomas Anshutz, and Henry Keller. Sotter won many awards over the course of his career and exhibited widely. Notably, his work was shown annually at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1903–1925 as well as the Corcoran Gallery biennials from 1912–1923. Sotter was awarded a Silver Medal at the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco in 1915. The New

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George William Sotter was an American stained glass artist and impressionist painter remembered for his luminescent night scenes. He was born in Pittsburgh and studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1905–1907 under William Merritt Chase, Thomas Anshutz, and Henry Keller. Sotter won many awards over the course of his career and exhibited widely. Notably, his work was shown annually at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1903–1925 as well as the Corcoran Gallery biennials from 1912–1923. Sotter was awarded a Silver Medal at the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco in 1915. The New Jersey State Museum and Pennsylvania State Museum are among the institutions that have collected his work, and his stained glass designs can be seen in churches throughout America.

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