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    PINCKNEY MARCIUS-SIMONS (American, 1867-1909)
    Symbolist Landscape
    Oil on canvas
    25 x 30 inches (63.5 x 76.2 cm)
    Signed lower right: P. Marcius-Simons

    THE JEAN AND GRAHAM DEVOE WILLIFORD CHARITABLE TRUST

    PROVENANCE:
    Christie's CM528 (2 labels verso);
    possibly P. Gales, Paris (framer, label verso).

    Born in New York in 1867, Pinckney Marcius-Simons began painting at twelve years of age, and was soon haunting the studios of artists to study architecture, perspective, and anatomy wherever he could. He went to Paris to train, and focused his attention initially upon genre painting which he exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1882 and also at the Salons of the Societe Nationale des Beaux Arts from 1891-94. While these early efforts achieved a moderate level of critical attention, it was not until 1894 that Marcius-Simons fell under the spell of the fantastical work of the Symbolists, and began painting canvases which brought him true success. Emphasizing a dramatic color scheme featuring jewel-like hues, as seen in this example, Marcius-Simons turned his attention to illustrating operatic themes, and worked as a set designer in Bayreuth, Germany, at the Wagner Theater until his death. Some of his finest works are his poetic rendering of the "Nibelungen Ring," a series of elaborate pictures which he tried to create in the same manner by which a musician scores.

    Although information on Marcius-Simons remains somewhat scarce, it is known that President Theodore Roosevelt thought highly of him and bought several of his paintings which can be seen at his home Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay, NY.



    Condition Report*: Minor craquelure throughout. Minor frame abrasion in lower right corner. Under UV magnification there is very little evidence of restoration. A couple flecks in the sky is all. Relined canvas. Framed Dimensions 36 X 41.25 Inches
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    Auction Dates
    May, 2012
    15th Tuesday
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