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  • Description

    Blue Mountain Landscape represents the crucial and defining junction between Jane Wilson's earlier abstract still-life paintings, such as Tabletop, 1953, and her critical shift towards what would be become her lifelong pursuit: landscapes and the infinite outdoors. Originally hailing from Iowa, Wilson was raised during the Great Depression that devastated the agricultural communities of the Midwest. Yet she recalls with fondness the vast and sprawling fields: "I've never forgotten those long drives past meadows, farmlands, flatlands and hills, endless vistas of Americana, to the enormous, powerful river, which seemed to lead to the other side of the world...It possessed a great sense of mystery and also a haunting melancholy" (Jane Wilson in Paul Gardner, "Jane Wilson's Weather Eye," ARTnews, 84:10, December 1985).

    Wilson's development through the genres and styles of still-life painting and abstraction eventually brought her to landscape painting and her dedicated pursuit to capture the endless space of nature, with its transient states of dark and light, on a finite canvas surface. She sought stillness and the all-encompassing aspects of nature, while intimating the unrelenting sensations of the weather and atmospheric transitions over the horizon.

  • Provenance

    Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

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Blue Mountain Landscape

signed "Jane Wilson" lower left
oil on canvas
14 x 18 1/8 in. (35.6 x 46 cm.)
Painted in 1954.

Estimate
$3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for $8,125

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