Ice Sailing

Artist:Orson Lowell
Date:1920s
Medium:Oil on Canvas
Dimensions:Sight Size 26 1/2" x 36" Framed 33" x 42"
Condition:Excellent
Original Use:Likely Cover Art for Collier's
Price:$13,500.00
Full view of oil on canvas

Full view of oil on canvas

 

The artist's signature

The artist's signature

This scene of a flapper couple ice yachting with the unexpected help of a pierrot deckhand was presumably created as a cover painting for Collier's magazine. One of many sporting scenes by the prolific early 1900s Golden Age of illustration American artist Orson Lowell, this has his signature bold and colorful style. The geometric precision recalls the work of Herbert Paus, as does the cutting edge innovation seen in the boat. The scene is set atop the sea with seagulls in flight above, upon close inspection it becomes apparent that this illustrates ice sailing or ice boating. The concept was introduced in the late 1800s and by the 1920s when this painting was created the pursuit had a loyal following in the upper eastern seaboard.

Detail

Detail

 

Detail

Detail

 

Ice Sailing

Ice Sailing

Painting is in a very fine state of conservation,and signed lower left. Verso bears the text "Painted by Orson Lowell - USA," back stretcher bar has pencil writing that is very hard to read but appears to say Cover for Collier's, we have not yet been able to locate the exact usage. Nicely framed in a period wide profile antique gold frame.

Framed view

Framed view

The artist at work

The artist at work

 

Publisher's notations on old stretchers

Publisher's notations on old stretchers

 

Verso view

Verso view



 

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