This is a watercolor on paper of a misty landscape by the American artist, Mary Sheppard. It was executed in 1946 and is signed and dated in the lower left. It is not identified as to specific location but is a summer scene and may have been done in the Cragsmoor area. It shows a fanciful depiction of a landscape with a central body of water, a peninsula in the center and a distant shore with houses and mountains in the far background. Done in a series of loose washes it is brightly but softly colored, giving it an imaginary feel. Provenance is a Cragsmoor, New York collection. It is framed in a new, simple gold or metallic leaf frame and mounted behind a high raised mat with a matching gold or bronze decorated lip.
Mary Sheppard was born in 1889. She studied at Columbia University and became a professional sculptor and painter. She resided in Delaware where she taught art at the University of Delaware. In 1935 she visited Cragsmoor, New York, a mountain top community that was a summer home for various artists since the 19th Century. Around that time, she and a colleague from Delaware, founded the Kinaloha Cooperative Art School in Cragsmoor where they hosted various artists during the summers. The Cragsmoor Free Library owns examples of her work and residents of Cragsmoor have some of her drawings. Her work rarely comes on the open market. Her watercolors, especially a good sized one, are difficult to obtain.
Condition is very good. The watercolor is near fine with no fading of the colors. The frame and mat are also in excellent condition.
Measurements are: watercolor, 14 inches x 20 inches; frame, outer dimensions, 19 1/2 inches x 25 1/2 inches.
This is a light, airy watercolor by an American woman artist who was affiliated with one of the more well known art colonies of the Northeastern United States. The scarcity of her work and the quality of this piece make it doubly desirable.