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    KENYON COX (American, 1856-1919)
    The Stream's Secret, 1893
    Oil on canvas
    18-1/2 x 10-1/2 inches (47.0 x 26.7 cm)
    Signed and dated lower left: KENYON COX 1893
    On reverse of the new lining, the artist's original inscription is copied: -The Stream's Secret- / by Kenyon Cox / 145 W. 55th St. New York / -1893-

    THE JEAN AND GRAHAM DEVOE WILLIFORD CHARITABLE TRUST


    EXHIBITED:
    The New York Cultural Center, New York, in association with Fairleigh Dickinson University, "Three centuries of the American Nude," (label verso).

    One of the finest draftsman of his era, Kenyon Cox distinguished himself primarily a major public muralist. His classically-inspired paintings were simple in composition and muted in color, making them highly legible and easy on the eyes. Cox painted the present work in 1893, the same year in which The World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago finally provided him with an opportunity to paint murals on a grand scale. It also gave impetus to a much broader interest in murals for public spaces. From then until 1913, Cox created a series of monumental allegorical murals. He was also a long-time teacher at the Art Students League and the National Academy of Design, as well as an art critic for the Nation and Scribner's. He did much of his writing in Cornish, New Hampshire where he and his wife, Louise Howland Cox, were a part of the art colony there.


    Condition Report*: Lined canvas with new stretcher bars and keys. Under UV examination, there are scattered passages of strengthening in the highlights of the body and face as well as in the shadows, noticeably in the shadow beneath the forearm in the woman's raised arm, and on the breast and her central torso. Very little if any restoration or retouching anywhere in the landscape. Framed Dimensions 24 X 16 Inches
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    May, 2013
    11th Saturday
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