WALTER KING STONE (American, 1875-1949)
    Rocky Cliffs over Valley
    Oil on canvas
    24-1/2 x 29-1/2 inches (62.2 x 74.9 cm)
    Signed lower right: Walter King Stone

    Private collection, Virginia;
    Estate of the above.

    From the early 1900s until 1920, when he began a twenty-three-year tenure as Professor of Fine Arts at Cornell University, Walter Stone King had an active career as an illustrator and writer. He won widespread recognition for his nature illustrations, which appeared in books as well as the major national magazines including Scribner's, Century, Colliers', Outing Country Life in America, St. Nicholas, and The Country Gentleman. His favorite medium as an illustrator was flat watercolor wash combined with charcoal drawing. During his years at Cornell, however, his work went through a shift as he began painting in oil, exploiting not only the vivid color the medium afforded but also the varieties of texture it was able to achieve. In this dramatic view of the plains below a towering rocky cliff, Stone seems to have adopted the vantage point of one of the birds of prey he often illustrated. Like Maxfield Parrish and other successful illustrators who were sophisticated colorists, Stone rendered the shadows in this scene with a searing blue, which creates a forceful optical dazzle against the golden cliffs. Stone was a friend and favorite painter of the poet Robert Frost.

    Condition Report*:

    Original unlined canvas. Faint craquelure throughout, most visible in lower left quadrant; the surface appears dirty due to a dirty and streaky varnish layer; a few minor abrasions, one most notable at the lower left extreme edge in which there is some paint loss; under UV exam, there appears to be inpainting within the shadow of the canyon at the lower left of composition, as well as several streaks through the rocks in the upper right that fluoresce; otherwise, no visible condition issues. Framed Dimensions 29.5 X 34.5 Inches

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