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American Impressionist Harbor Scene by Armand Wargny (1878-1947).
This is an oil on board titled "The Cove, A View of Long Island, New York." The original label indicates that it was done in 1930. The work is done impasto with liberal use of the loaded brush and the palette knife. It depicts boats in the foreground with a wharf shed in the background. It is signed in the lower right center. It is framed in a hand carved and hand leafed arts and crafts style frame. The book "Drawings by American Artists" edited by Norman Kent (New York: Watson-Guptill Publications) included a drawing of a marine scene by Wargny. It had some of the same elements as the painting being offered here.
The artist, Armand Wargny, was a well known painter well before he created this painting. He exhibited extensively including the Art Institute of Chicago (1908, 1915-1926), The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 1923, the Carnegie Institute, 1922, etc. His work is held by a number of public institutions including: the Brooklyn Museum; the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa; the Arnot Museum in Elmira; and the Rockwell Museum of Art. Around 1932 Wargny, Lars Hoftrup and Arthur R. Abrams founded the Rustic Studio for Artists near Elmira, New York. This became a regional art colony that was soon recognized for its excellence and subsequently was given exhibition space by the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery.
The painting comes with its original tag from the collection of Arthur R. Abrams. Abrams was one of the artists who founded the Rustic Studio for Artists. He also established an art store that served as a venue for his fellow artists. Abrams was a widely respected artist who worked in the Northeast and on the West Coast. The Abrams provenance is an excellent feature for any painting, especially for one that came from another founder of the Rustic Studio for Artists.
Measurements are: painting, 16 1/8 inches x 19 3/4 inches; frame, outer dimensions, 22 1/2 inches x 26 1/2 inches.
Condition is very good.
This is a very strong American Impressionist painting that was executed freely and strongly by an artist who was working at the peak of his career and skill.
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