Massachusetts, 1869-1935

"Red House Provincetown".

Signed lower right "E. A. Webster". Titled on gallery label verso.

After early studies under Edmund Tarbell and Frank Benson in Boston, E. Ambrose Webster spent nearly three years in Europe with Post-Impressionists. Upon his return to the United States in 1900, he had developed his characteristic style that reveled in light and color. Webster's career spanned 40 years, consistently within the Modernist movement. He traveled and exhibited widely and maintained connections with artists around the globe, from Henry Matisse to Charles Hawthorne and Edward Hopper."Red House, Provincetown" was described in a 1968 Art News article as "an extraordinary, independent painting". Here the light is glowing, with a warm and almost palpable intensity, and the interwoven organic forms are contrasted by the stark geometry of the house. It is also distinguished by its extensive provenance and exhibition history. The painting was in the collection of the artist and his wife, and it remained in the family for nearly 80 years.
Oil on canvas, 20" x 24". Framed 30" x 36".
Condition: The painting is in good condition. There are no observable flaws or damage.

  • Provenance: The artist's estate to his wife, thence by descent to her nephew,
    Karl Rodgers.Allegra H. Rodgers,
    the wife of Karl Rodgers.Delorma Rodgers Morton.
    Private Collection, New York.
    Babcock Galleries, New York.
  • Exhibited: Provincetown Art Association: "Memorial Exhibition by E. Ambrose Webster", July 2-30, 1950.
    Syracuse, N.Y.: "Provincetown Painters, 1890s - 1970s", April 1- June 26, 1977.
    Sarah Lawrence College Art Gallery, Bronxville, N.Y.: "Personal Places: American Landscapes, 1905-1930", February 16-April 24, 1988.
    Taggart & Jorgensen Gallery, Washington, D.C.: "In the Open Air", October 6-November 5, 1988.
    Greenville, S.C.: "Regional American Painting to 1920", November 6-December 30, 1990.
    Babcock Galleries, N.Y.: "The Armory Show Years of E. Ambrose Webster", November 11-December 22, 1995.
    Hollis Taggart Galleries, N.Y.: "The Color of Modernism - The American Fauves", April 29-July 26, 1997.
    Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, Mass.: "A Century of Impressionism on Cape Cod", July 11-September 19, 1999.
    Babcock Galleries, N.Y.: "E. Ambrose Webster - Chasing the Sun", November 13-February 27, 2009.

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