American, (1883-1962)
Fifth Avenue Snowstorm, ca. 1925
oil on canvas laid down to board
signed lower right "Guy Wiggins"

oil on canvas laid down to board
24 x 20 inches

  • Provenance: Godel & Co. Fine Art, New York, New York; A Connecticut estate.

    Other notes: A copy of the purchase receipt accompanies this lot.

    Framed dimensions: 33 x 29 x 2 1/4 inches

    The son of artist Carleton Wiggins, Guy Wiggins was born in New York in 1883. He attended grammar school in England, then returned to New York to study at the National Academy of Design under William Merritt Chase and Robert Henri. At the early age of twenty, he became the youngest American artist to be represented in the perma­nent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and numerous awards were to follow.

    Adopting the loose brushwork and vibrant palette of his teachers, Wiggins learned from the start to paint as an Impressionist. For most of his career, Wiggins divided his time between New York City and Connecticut. In 1920 he purchased a farm in the art colony at Old Lyme, where painter Childe Hassam also resided. Hassam's views of urban life influenced Wiggin's cityscapes of New York, for which he is most famous. Beginning in the 1920s, Wiggins turned his works' focus to depicting snow scenes in New York City, a subject which garnered great popularity and commercial success for the artist.

    The present example Fifth Avenue Snowstorm is an early work by the artist, a depiction of people filling the streets as they weather a snow storm on 5th Avenue together. It was painted ten years prior to his official election to full membership in the National Academy of Design in 1935.

    In 1937, the artist relocated to Essex, Connecticut, where he founded the Guy Wiggins Art School. He continued to travel extensively and remained devoted to the Impressionist aesthetic throughout his long and prolific career as a painter.

    Tags: listed artist, oil painting, snow scene, New York City, 20th century, American Impressionism
  • Condition: overall very good condition; a few scattered areas of inpaint apparent under UV; restoration in the upper left corner (UV photos available upon request)
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