Jun 13, 2019 - Sale 2513

Sale 2513 - Lot 139

Estimate: $ 20,000 - $ 30,000
At the Plaza, New York.

Oil on canvas. 638x758 mm; 25 1/8x29 7/8 inches. Signed in oil, lower left recto, and counter signed and titled in oil, verso.

Ex-collection private collection, New Jersey.

Wiggins (1883-1962) was extremely popular in America throughout the first half of the 1900s, aided by his approachable style and his strong artistic pedigree. At the age of 20, he was the youngest artist to have a work included in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. When he started painting snowy New York City winter scenes in the mid-1910s his popularity surged. He claimed to have been trying to paint a summer landscape, not able to progress, when he looked out the window of his studio on a winter day and decided to paint the row of buildings across the street blurred by the snow storm.

He moved to Connecticut and purchased an estate outside of Old Lyme in the 1920s, though he continued to keep a studio in New York for the next couple of decades. In 1920, Wiggins established an eponymous art school in Connecticut, teaching in New Haven during the "off-season" and in Old Lyme during the summer. In 1937, he relocated his art school year-round to Essex, Connecticut, and would invite important artists such as George Luks (see lots 26 and 32), Eugene Higgins (see lot 198) and Bruce Crane as visiting instructors during the summers. Wiggins died at age 79, while on vacation in St. Augustine, Florida, and is buried in Old Lyme.