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    John Fery (American, 1859-1934)
    Lake St. Mary, Going to the Sun Mountain
    Oil on canvas
    48-1/4 x 70-3/4 inches (122.6 x 179.7 cm)
    Signed lower left: J. Fery
    Titled on the reverse: Lake St. Mary / Going to the Sun Mountain

    Private collection, Blackville, South Carolina;
    By descent to the present owner, 1998.

    Hockaday Museum of Art, Kalispell, Montana, 2006-2018.

    John Fery moved from Austria to Wisconsin in 1883 and gained artistic recognition after his work caught the attention of Louis Hill, President of the Great Northern Railway. Hill was fixated on developing Glacier Park into a premiere world destination, easily accessed by his Great Northern Railway. He hired Fery for the "See America First" campaign, and the artist was on the payroll of the Great Northern from 1910 through 1913. During this time, Fery completed 347 major oil paintings that decorated Glacier National Park lodges, ticket agent offices, and Great Northern depots from St. Paul to Seattle.

    In 1914, Fery worked with the Northern Pacific Railway to paint scenes of Yellowstone National Park, later returning to Glacier Park to complete his paintings for the opening of Many Glacier Hotel. In 1915, Fery traveled to San Francisco to partake in the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, where many of his Glacier Park oils were on display. Louis Hill, once again, called on Fery in 1925 to produce four to six large canvases monthly, encouraging Fery to spend the next four summers painting in Glacier Park.

    Fery's monumental Lake St. Mary, Going to the Sun Mountain has been in the same family since 1948 and has been on loan to the Hockaday Museum of Art in Montana for the past twelve years. Here, the snow-capped peaks of Going-to-the-Sun Mountain rise steeply above the crystal blue waters of St. Mary Lake. This romantic portrayal of Glacier Park reflects Fery's earlier exposure to the works of the Hudson River School painters and noteworthy National Park artists such as Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt, and Thomas Hill. Fery's goal was to distribute his paintings throughout America in order to attract tourists to the park. This colossal rendering of one of the most beautiful and iconic parks in the American West is bound to make one book a ticket for the journey.

    Condition Report*: Unlined canvas; surface grime and craquelure; minor frame wear. Framed Dimensions 55.5 X 78 Inches
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    Auction Dates
    May, 2018
    4th Friday
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