DescriptionCHARLES B. FOSTER (American, 1850-1931)
Oil on canvas
22 x 27 inches (55.9 x 68.6 cm)
Signed lower left: Charles Foster
THE JEAN AND GRAHAM DEVOE WILLIFORD CHARITABLE TRUST
Eldred's, South Dennis, Massachusetts, November 18, 1995, lot 254, erroneously as Charles A. Foster.
Charles Foster, older brother of painter Ben Foster, also trained in Paris, in the 1870s, where he became part of a group of American painters that included Charles Noel and Montague Flagg, Robert Brandegee, William Bailey Faxon and John Niemeyer. Upon his return to the United States he settled in Farmington, Connecticut where he remained for the rest of his life, where he became part of an art colony which developed around Brandegee and noted woman architect, Theodate Pope Riddle. This so-called "Giverny in Connecticut" proved to be a happy and inspirational place for Charles Foster. He loved the local landscape and captured its beauty in a quiet, much-admired impressionistic style seen in the present work. As one writer noted, "Although thoroughly trained under the tradition of Ingres, Mr. Foster painted principally landscapes, excelling in the treatment of skies, and from his studio he had every opportunity to study them, as well as the changing foliage of his beautiful surroundings." Graham Williford also collected work by other painters associated with the Farmington colony including Walter Griffin, William Gedney Bunce, and Allen Butler Talcott.
Canvas has been lined; light surface grime/discolored varnish layer visible in sky; minor frame wear along extreme edges; faint craquelure throughout sky, stable surface; under UV exam, the painting appears to have been restored more than once because certain areas of inpainting fluoresce more vibrantly than others, most notably in sky region, there appears to be broad overpaint throughout hillside and tree foliage, likely to address craquelure in impasto, and scattered spots of inpainting across sky, including an approx. 3-1/2 inch vertical line through furthest rock at center right. Framed Dimensions 25.25 X 30.25 Inches
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