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    CHARLES ALLEN WINTER (American, 1869-1942)
    Portrait of a Woman
    Oil on canvas
    12 x 10 inches (30.5 x 25.4 cm)
    Signed lower left: Charles A. Winter

    Christie's stamp (verso).

    Charles Allen Winter was a noted illustrator for Collier's, Cosmopolitan, Hearst's magazines, and The Masses, as well as a landscape and marine painter. He studied initially at the Cincinnati Art Academy with Vincent Nowottny, Lewis Lutz, and Thomas S. Noble, before winning a three-year, all expense paid foreign scholarship competition which took him to Paris. There he studied at the Académie Julian under Adolphe-William Bouguereau and Gabriel Ferrier. He spent eight months of the three year scholarship in Rome. While abroad he exhibited at the Paris Salons.

    At the completion of the three years, the artist extended his stay in Europe until he received an invitation to teach a portrait class at the St. Louis School of Fine Art, Missouri, where he remained for three years. In 1901 Winter moved to New York and took a studio at 8 East 59th Street, where he lived when he married the artist Alice Mary Beach in 1904. His mature work is characterized by bright colors and impressionist brushwork. The present painting is a successful combination of Winter's ability as an illustrator to design an arresting composition, and his skills as a fine artist to create a sense of luminosity through judiciously chosen color and brushwork. It strongly resembles the work of the Symbolists which he had doubtless encountered during his studies in Paris.

    Condition Report*: Vertical craquelure otherwise very nice condition. Under  UV there's a mottled patterning across the surface, possibly from varnish. UV reveals extremely minor inpainting: one dot of inpainting along left edge, and at upper right corner, and along lower right edge - all from frame abrasion. One tiny dot of inpaint on right side of chin and a spec on her neck. Otherwise no restoration. Framed Dimensions 17.25 X 15.25 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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    Auction Dates
    May, 2012
    15th Tuesday
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