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    JOHN DOUGLAS PATRICK (American, 1863-1937)
    Dry sink, circa 1890-1900
    Oil on canvas
    10 x 20 inches (25.4 x 50.8 cm)

    THE JEAN AND GRAHAM DEVOE WILLIFORD CHARITABLE TRUST

    PROVENANCE:
    Richard York Gallery, New York (label verso).

    The son of Scottish immigrants, painter John Douglas Patrick was born in Hopewell, Pennsylvania, moved with his family to a farm near Lenexa, Kansas in 1878, and died in Kansas City, Missouri.

    After studying for four years at the St. Louis School of Art, he left for Paris in 1885 to study at the Académie Julian in Paris. His talent was recognized by the faculty and he had paintings accepted for the Paris Salon in 1886 and 1887. He became a specialist in landscapes, portraits, and still life--as seen in the present work. In 1888, Patrick painted his masterpiece, Brutality, a monumental canvas that graphically depicts a Parisian worker beating his horse. Painted in response to the common Parisian social problem of cruelty to horses, Brutality was shown to great acclaim at the Salon of 1888 and established Patrick's career. It now hangs in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.

    Patrick returned to the U.S. in 1889 and taught for three years at the St. Louis School of Art. He moved to Kansas City in 1903 and joined the faculty at the Kansas City Art Institute where he remained the primary painting teacher for 32 years, prior to the arrival of Thomas Hart Benton. He was a prominent leader in the Kansas City artistic community in the early part of the 20th century.


    Condition Report*: Very good condition.
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    Auction Dates
    May, 2012
    15th Tuesday
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