WALTER KING STONE (American, 1875-1949)
    The Four Seasons (four works), circa 1938-1944
    Oil on masonite, each
    30 x 48 inches (76.2 x 121.9 cm), each
    Two signed and dated lower right: Walter / King / Stone / 1939; 1944
    One signed and dated lower left: Walter / King / Stone / 1944


    From the early 1900s until 1920, when he began a twenty-three-year tenure as Professor of Fine Arts at Cornell University, Walter King Stone 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 suite of the four seasons, he created electric chromatic effects. Like Maxfield Parrish and other successful illustrators who were sophisticated colorists, Stone rendered the shadows with searing blues, purples and vermilions which create a forceful optical dazzle. Stone was a friend and favorite painter of the poet Robert Frost.

    Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000.

    Condition Report*:

    Several scattered surface scratches and tiny abrasions to all works, with the least surface wear being Spring and Summer; light to moderate surface grime visible on each, most notable being Fall, particularly within the sky; there appears to be craquelure in a few areas of each, except for Spring, as well as some frame wear to the edges of each; otherwise, as a set, they present nicely. Framed Dimensions 35 X 53 Inches

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    June, 2015
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