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    ARTHUR HOEBER (American, 1854-1915)
    Twilight
    Oil on canvas
    10-1/2 x 13-5/8 inches (26.7 x 34.6 cm)
    Signed lower right: ARTHUR HOEBER
    Signed and titled verso: Arthur Hoeber / Twilight
    Canvas supplier's stamp verso: Paul Foinet, Paris

    THE JEAN AND GRAHAM DEVOE WILLIFORD CHARITABLE TRUST


    PROVENANCE:
    Dr. S.G. Perry, New York;
    American Art Association Auction, New York, April 25, 1935, lot 87.

    EXHIBITED:
    Federal Reserve Board, Washington, D.C., "Highlights and Footnotes of American Art from the Collection of Graham Williford," January 22-March 15, 1991, no. 27.

    Born in Nutley, New Jersey, Arthur Hoeber became a noted tonalist painter whose serene poetic landscapes were often inspired by coastal scenery of Cape Cod and Long Island. His paintings were sometimes referred to as "spare meditations," and usually his titles referenced the exact location of the work, the season or time of day. He also produced figure and genre subjects including peasants toiling in the fields when he was painting in the French countryside.

    As a young man, Hoeber did much sketching and painting in watercolor, and later took evening classes at Cooper Union in New York City and then the Art Students League. One of his first teachers was James Carroll Beckwith. In 1881, he went to England, having obtained a letter of introduction from an actor, Lew Wallack to Wallack's brother-in-law, the painter Sir John Millais.

    At Millais's suggestion, Hoeber went to France, where he spent five years as a student of Jean Leon Gerome, and also studied privately with Gustave Courtois. From 1882 to 1885, he exhibited at the Paris Salon and spent his summers painting in the countryside including at Pont Aven and Concarneau. There, like many other American artists, he painted landscapes and rural genre scenes with peasants, although his efforts frequently possess stirring lighting effects and dramatic skies which characterize the present work.





    Condition Report*: Unlined canvas; faint craquelure throughout, mostly visible under raking light; stable surface; under UV exam, there appear to be several spots of cosmetic/crack-fill inpainting in sky, particularly in upper right quadrant; framed under glass. Framed Dimensions 20.5 X 23.75 Inches
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    May, 2014
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