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    WALTER GAY (American, 1856-1937)
    La Fenetre Ouverte, Chateau du Breau (The Open Window)
    Watercolor on paper
    14 x 10-1/2 inches (35.6 x 26.7 cm)
    Signed lower left: Walter Gay

    FROM THE JEAN AND GRAHAM DEVOE WILLIFORD CHARITABLE TRUST

    PROVENANCE:
    Miss A. B. Jennings, New York;
    Sotheby's, New York, "Sunny Interiors," n.d., lot 169.

    EXHIBITED:
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, n.d.

    Born in Massachusetts, Walter Gay moved to Paris in 1876 to study painting. Ignoring modern art trends in Paris, he quickly became known for his meticulously detailed paintings of stylish interiors. By the 1890's Gay specialized in painting fashionable homes--both his own and those of his friends--which were lavishly decorated with 18th-century furniture and objets d'art. In 1928, Henry and Helen Clay Frick commissioned Gay to paint three rooms of the Frick residence in New York City (now the Frick Art Museum).

    In 1905 he and his wife, Matilda, rented a chateau, Le Breau, in the French countryside near Fontainebleau. The house was built in 1705 and surrounded by 300 acres filled with old poplars and multiple, themed gardens. Le Breau served as a sanctuary for Walter and Martha Gay as well as their many notable guests who included Edith Wharton, Geoffrey Dodge, the Marquis de Ganay, Nelie Jacquemart Andre, Henry Adams and Ralph Curtis.




    Condition Report*: Presented in its original housing, with the French export sticker verso, as well as the preserved label from Parisian framer Romain Marillier. Scattered dark speckles of water throughout composition, which appear intentional by the artist who probably used a specific spraying technique; a couple opaque spots of possible repair in the white areas at the bottom of the door and through the doorway; two tiny pinholes at the upper right corner; there does not appear to be any foxing; otherwise, no visible condition issues.  Framed under glass. Framed Dimensions 19 X 15.25 Inches
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    May, 2015
    2nd Saturday
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