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    Everett Shinn (American, 1876-1953)
    Windy Day, New York, 1898
    Pastel on paper
    13-5/8 x 20 inches (34.6 x 50.8 cm) (sheet)
    Signed and dated lower right: E. Shinn / 98


    PROVENANCE:
    The artist;
    By descent to the artist's granddaughter;
    Private collection, Florida;
    [With]Gerald Peters Gallery, New York;
    Spanierman Galleries, New York;
    Private collection, Connecticut, acquired from the above, 2008.

    As a principal figure of the Ashcan School, Everett Shinn was among the artists whose depictions of New York at the turn of the century challenged the conventions of contemporary American art. In their unsentimental portrayals of everyday life in New York, the Ashcan artists captured the full range of urban existence from the gritty realities of tenement living to the upper class enclaves along Fifth Avenue. Shinn was a member of The Eight, a diverse group of independent artists led by Robert Henri and John Sloan who rebelled against the academic establishment and held a revolutionary exhibition of their own work in 1908. Shinn wrote, "The grievance that gnawed at The Eight was the intolerance of their own profession. They looked beyond the outposts of society where people were real by default of riches--to saloons where purled the dreams of change and expansion, to alleyways and gutters, train yards, night courts, dives, docks, dance halls and park benches. Their predilection for such common subjects for their brush earned them the name of 'The Ash Can School.' The wind of enthusiasm was back of their canvas, and they voyaged out to find the things more vital to them ..." (The Eight, Brooklyn, New York, The Brooklyn Museum, 1943, p. 13).

    Soon after his arrival in New York in 1897, Shinn turned to the theater and the bustling streets for inspiration, first working in pastel and later in oil. In these works, Shinn experimented with an endless variety of compositional and framing devices incorporating the broad range of subject matter that could be seen on the streets of New York.

    Executed in 1898, just one year into his life in New York, Windy Day, New York is a quintessential and fully realized pastel from Shinn's early and highly important working period. The colorful and textural treatment of wind swirling amidst the figures' lush yet rumbled dresses testifies to Shinn's fascination with all aspects of the gritty, 'real life' in the city.




    Condition Report*: Light overall paper discoloration with toning along edges; sheet is hinged at top edge to mount verso; framed under acrylic. Framed Dimensions 23 X 29.5 Inches
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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