Jun 09, 2016 - Sale 2418

Sale 2418 - Lot 45

Price Realized: $ 40,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 30,000 - $ 50,000
Winter Along Central Park.

Oil on canvas, 1930s. 655x765 mm; 25 1/2x30 inches. Signed in oil, lower right recto, and signed and titled in oil, verso.

Sold Sotheby's, New York, December 3, 1992, lot 199; Berry-Hill Galleries Inc., New York, with the label on the frame back; private collection.

Wiggins (1883-1962) was born in Brooklyn to an artistic family. His father, Carleton Wiggins (1848-1942) was an accomplished painter and provided his son's early training. Later, Wiggins junior became the youngest member of the summertime Old Lyme Art Colony in Connecticut, painting alongside his father and Childe Hassam, among others (by 1915, Carleton Wiggins has settled in Old Lyme permanently). Wiggins also studied at the National Academy of Design in New York, where his teachers included William Merritt Chase and Robert Henri.

Throughout his long and successful career, Wiggins painted in an Impressionist style and became especially well known for his snowy New York cityscape canvases capturing the buildings and landmarks of Manhattan enveloped in wintry weather (see lots 43, 45 and 46). Like Hassam, Wiggins combined the traditions of French Impressionism, from the likes of Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro, with a bold, American style, influenced by his National Academy instructors Chase and Henri.