SOLD United Nations from the East River, New Yorkby Johann Berthelsen (1883–1972)
20 x 24⅛ inches
Signed lower right: Johann Berthelsen; on stretcher bar: United / Nations New York Johann Berthelsen
Private collection, New Jersey
Estate of above, until 2020
Private collection, New York, New York, (likely) acquired from above
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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