"Lingering Light" is an original oil on board by Henry Hammond Ahl, American, 1869 - 1953, in excellent condition. This painting is approx. 7" x 9", and signed lower right: "Ahl" and inscribed on the reverse: "Lingering Light painted by Henry Hammond Ahl". The overall dimensions of the period framed work are approx. 14" x 16". Henry Hammond Ahl is best known for his atmospheric woodland scenes painted in a Barbizon and Tonalist manner. Ahl worked primarily in and around Newbury and Newburyport, Massachusetts, in the late 19th and early 20th Century.
"Lingering Light" is an outstanding example of Ahl's ability to capture the moment of soft, sunlight setting through trees while sheep are grazing in a pasture. He has rendered the dappled fading light and shadows with great skill indicative of all of the great French Barbizon painters such as J. F. Millet, Charles Francois-Daubigny, Courbet; as well as American Tonalists such as George Inness, J F Murphy, Arthur Hoeber, Charles Appel, and Bruce Crane.
A work very similar to "Linger Light" brought over $2500. at a recent Skinner's Auction.
Below is Henry Hammond Ahl's biography from the Archives of Askart:
"Born in East Hartford, Connecticut, Henry Ahl was a portraitist, muralist, and landscape painter whose work reflected his exposure to the Tonalist style of the Barbizon painters.
Ahl showed early talent for drawing, and by age 17 was a skilled oil painter. His reputation was assured by the time he was age 30. He studied at the Royal Academy of Munich with Alexander Wagner and Franz Von Stuck, and in Paris with Jean Leon Gerome at the Ecole des Beaux Arts* and with Peter Paul Muller. In Europe, he exhibited with the Munich Royal Academy where he won a prize.
Returning to the United States, he settled in Springfield, Massachusetts, and married artist Eleanor Isabella Curtis. After another trip to Europe, he worked in Washington D.C. and earned a prestigious reputation as a portrait painter of prominent persons.
Following a return to Europe, he opened a studio in New York City and painted more portraits and finally settled in Boston where in Newbury he bought a twenty-room mansion built in 1637. This place became his permanent home and studio.
His work can be found in private and public collections including the Whistler Memorial Home in Lowell, Massachusetts, and in church murals in Boston and Providence.
He was a member of the American Artists Professional League*, the Copley Society*, the Salmagundi Club*, and the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts.
Henry Hammond Ahl is listed in Fielding, Who Was Who in American Art, and Mallett's Index of Artists.
Henry Hammond Ahl 1869-1953 "Lingering Light" oil painting