This is a masterful and vibrant RARE Antique Old New York WPA Impressionist Landscape Painting, watercolor on paper, by esteemed New York - California Impressionist, and Federal Art Project Regionalist painter, William Robert Shulgold 1897 - 1989. This work depicts a colorful rural farmland scene, with small buildings surrounded by foliage and trees. Despite its beauty, there seems to be a feeling of emptiness captured in this piece.
This painting is rendered in small, precise brush strokes that borrows on the techniques of Pointillism. Signed and dated in the lower left corner: W. Shulgold was living in New York during the 1930's, where he had made an impressive reputation, and did not move to California until 1943, so the location of this piece is probably somewhere in Upstate New York. The last photo in this listing shows William R. Shulgold (on the left) at the Exhibition and Sale of Contemporary Art held for the benefit of the American Committee for Yugoslav Relief at John Decker Gallery in 1945.
Approximately 22 1/4 x 28 1/4 inches including frame. Actual visible artwork is approximately 14 1/2 x 20 3/4 inches. Good condition for nearly 100 years of age, with some light spots of yellowing to the paper at the upper edge. Original period frame has mild scuffing and edge wear please see photos. Acquired from an old collection in Los Angeles County, California.
Shulgold's works are held in the Westmoreland Museum of American Art and the Genessee Valley Council of the Arts New Deal Collection. If you like what you see, I encourage you to make an Offer. Please check out my other listings for more wonderful and unique artworks! 1989 - Los Angeles, California. The family emigrated to Pittsburgh the following year.
As a youth he worked for a watch maker and then in a bottling plant, but his first love was art. He matriculated to Carnegie technical Institute (predecessor to Carnegie Mellon) where he studied art under Professor Arthur Watson Sparks, head of Carnegie's art department and considered "probably Pittsburgh's leading impressionist artist", and under Assistant Professor George W. Upon graduation he specialized in portraiture at the National Academy of Art under William Auerbach-Levy, and at the Art Students League.He then studied in Paris and Florence. Upon returning home he studied for some time under Charles Webster Hawthorne in Provincetown, Mass. He then became an art professor at Carnegie. He had become an etcher of landscapes and a portrait painter in oils. But after he retired about 1962, he became well known as a portrait painter of Hollywood celebrities. Shulgold died at the age of 92 in 1989 in Los Angeles. Written and submitted by Samuel M. Robbins whose information comes from numerous sources, but especially the Kevin Daniels collection.
William Shulgold was born in Russia but emigrated with his family to the United States as a baby. He began his formal art studies at the Carnegie Technical Institute in Pittsburg, and continued at the National Academy of Art and the Arts Students League in New York. He was an art professor at Carnegie Mellon. He exhibited frequently throughout his career, showing at the Pennsylvania Academy, Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum, Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.
Carnegie International and the National Gallery in Toronto, Ontario. Born in Kaminietz, Russia, Shulgold's family immigrated to Pittsburgh, PA shortly thereafter.After graduating high school he studied art at the Carnegie Technical Institute with Arthur Watson Sparks and George Sotter, then later with William Auerbach-Levy. At the National Academy of Design. He also studied art in Paris and Florence. Shulgold began his career finding opportunities wherever he could: as a Carnegie student, he was awarded a prize for war poster design; in 1922, he created stage sets for a production of Booth Tarkington's. At the Irene Kaufmann Settlement theater. Shulgold continued to teach students at the Settlement art school for several years.
Meanwhile his paintings were exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Corcoran Gallery. In 1928 Shulgold moved to New York, although he retained close ties to Pittsburgh.By the 1930s he was becoming known as a portrait painter, albeit with his own specific views: One may consider heads as a study in architecture. The shape is comparable to the structural design of a building. The features of a face are like the windows and ornamentation of the building (Naylor). In 1943 Shulgold moved to California, where he was in demand as a portrait painter-for example, of Ronald Coleman playing the film role of Richard III in. While continuing his work in other genres. One review of a 1951 show said that "In California he has turned to gayer moods and smaller sizes in pictures of flowers, nudes, and small portraits" ("Portrait"). 2 works at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art.
Sources Consulted: Douglas Naylor, "'Studies in Architecture': Title Artist Gives Head Drawings, ". 1932: 34; "Portrait of Ronald Coleman Impresses, ".This item is in the category "Art\Paintings". The seller is "willsusa_utzeqm" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States, Denmark, Switzerland, New Zealand, Chile, China, Republic of Croatia, Indonesia, Portugal, Malta, Cyprus, Australia, Austria, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan, Bulgaria, Poland, Macau, Czech Republic, Norway, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Greece, Romania, Mexico, Ireland, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Netherlands, Japan, Slovakia, Slovenia, Lithuania, Thailand, Bahrain, United Kingdom, Hungary, Sweden, Colombia, Spain, Estonia, Belgium, Kuwait, Finland, Luxembourg, South Korea, France, Germany, Latvia, Italy, Singapore, South Africa.