Three Bears

by Alexander Helwig Wyant (1836–1892)

Oil on canvas laid down on board
17 7/16 x 15 3/8 inches
Signed lower right: A H Wyant

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Provenance
David David, Inc., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Private collection, Pennsylvania, acquired from above, 1972
Sale, Sotheby’s Online, January 10–21, 2020, lot 23

 

Exhibited
Exhibition: Hudson River School, William Penn Memorial Museum and State Archives, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, April 14–July 8, 1979
Landscapes of the Hudson River School: First Public Exhibition of a Private Collection, Alexander Gallery, New York, New York, November 3–17, 1979
The American Landscape Tradition, 1740–1965, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, November 9, 1982–January 9, 1983
The American Landscape, Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York, January 24–February 18, 1995
Landscape Duets: Contrasts and Comparisons in Hudson River School Paintings, Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, July 6–August 29, 1995
All That Is Glorious Around Us: Paintings from the Hudson River School, The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, August 10–October 26, 1997; Palmer Museum of Art of The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, January 20–May 17, 1998; Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts, March 13–June 27, 1999; National Academy of Design, New York, New York, July 14–September 12, 1999

 

Literature
John Driscoll, All That Is Glorious Around Us: Paintings from the Hudson River School (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1997), 138–139.

Artist Biography

Alexander Wyant was one of the nineteenth century’s most significant landscape painters, who helped to initiate the Tonalist movement of painting. Wyant’s sensitive tonalist style was inspired by the work of George Inness, who helped to establish Wyant as an artist. Wyant set up a studio in New York City in 1867 and began exhibiting at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Academy of Design, the Boston Arts Club, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. His loosely-painted, highly atmospheric works served as an important transition from the precision of the Hudson River School to the freedoms of

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Alexander Wyant was one of the nineteenth century’s most significant landscape painters, who helped to initiate the Tonalist movement of painting. Wyant’s sensitive tonalist style was inspired by the work of George Inness, who helped to establish Wyant as an artist. Wyant set up a studio in New York City in 1867 and began exhibiting at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Academy of Design, the Boston Arts Club, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. His loosely-painted, highly atmospheric works served as an important transition from the precision of the Hudson River School to the freedoms of Impressionism. Wyant’s paintings can be found in over seventy-five major collections, including The White House, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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