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SAMUEL COLMAN Twilight, Venice.
Color pastels on black wove paper, 1870s. 365x315 mm; 10 1/2x12 3/8 inches. Signed in pastel, lower right recto.
Ex-collection American author Clarence Arthur Coan; thence by descent to Frances Challinor Coan, daughter of the former; Kennedy Galleries, New York; private collection, Phoenix.
Colman (1832-1920), the prominent American romantic painter associated with the Hudson River School as well as an acclaimed interior designer (he collaborated with his friend Louis Comfort Tiffany on the design of Samuel Clemens' Hartford, Connecticut home) was also a writer. Along with Clarence Arthur Coan (1867-1934), the former owner of this work, he co-authored the treatises Nature's Harmonic Unity, 1912, and Proportional Form: Further Studies in the Science of Beauty, 1920, which explored the relationship between proportions, mathematics and aesthetics.