A fine interior forest landscape attributed to Indiana artist William McKendree Snyder. Executed in oils on a cardboard support. Unsigned as far as I can tell. The board measures 12 x 15 1/2. The frame is new. Looks to date around turn of the century. This is a dark, tonal painting, with lots of color. Originated from an Indiana estate. The painting itself is in good plus condition, no flaking or missing paint. The attribution to Snyder is my opinion only, thus no provenance can be provided. A comparison of this work with similar works by Snyder shows a strong resemblance in terms of subject matter and paint application. In any case, this painting has a great look and feel to it. If you like darker, tonal paintings, this one is for you. A real gem.
SNYDER, William McKendree (c.1849-1930)
Birth place: Liberty, IN
Addresses: Madison, IN
Profession: Landscape painter
Studied: John Insco Williams, Cincinnati, 1869; W.M. Hunt, Boston; A. Bierstadt, Geo. Inness, & A.H. Wyant in NYC, 1872-75
Work: mostly in private collections
Comments: At age 12, he was a drummer boy in the Union Army. His earliest painting is dated 1865, and his last 1927. He was painting in Brown County, 1870-72, one of the first to paint there, while he was living in Columbus, IN; then traveled East for private instruction. After marrying in 1875, he settled permanently in Madison where he specialized in dense forest interiors, especially beech trees, painted in great detail. He painted his eastern landscapes, 1872-90. For a short time he was in the photographic business with his brother in Columbus, IN. He was known only locally for his portraiture, but he painted more than 700 landscapes of southern Indiana, southern Ohio, and northern Kentucky. Signature note: Usually consistent signature style, but beginning in the 1890s seemed to fluctuate between using "M" or "McK" in the middle. He frequently signed in orange, but also signed in black or red.
Sources: Gerdts, Art Across America, vol. 2: 275 (with repro.); R. Traut, unpub. ms (1988)
This biography is drawn from the "Who Was Who in American Art", the reference book on the cultural life in the United States.