A fine impressionist view of a New Jersey Beach, possibly Atlantic City, at the turn of the 20th century by American artist William Gilbert Gaul (1855–1919).Gaul was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. He attended Claverack Military Academy in New York state and later enrolled in the National Academy of Design (NYC) where his painting and drawing instructor was genre painter Lemuel Wilmarth. When Wilmarth left the Academy in 1875 to teach at the newly formed Art Students League of New York, Gaul followed, becoming one of the first students of that academy. He also studied privately with John George Brown, whose sentimental pictures of well-scrubbed shoeshine boys and cooing couples adorned many a Victorian parlor.
Gaul first exhibited his work at the National Academy of Design in 1877. In the 1880s, he was among a group of eleven artists including Peter Moran, Julian Scott and Walter Shirlaw, who were commissioned by the Federal Government to illustrate the Eleventh Census of 1890. As part of this project Gaul did a portrait from life of Sitting Bull, in September 1890, a few months before the Sioux Indian leader died.
Oil on panel, signed lower right, and housed in a fine molded giltwood frame. Dimensions: 12.5 in H x 17 in W, actual; 21.25 in H x 25.5 in W, framed. Ref: 8


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William Gilbert Gaul Impressionist Oil Painting of a NJ Beach & Boardwalk, possibly Atlantic City


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