American, 1880-1940

"The Emerald Sea at Dawn"

oil on canvas
signed lower left "Jonas Lie"
50 1/2 x 60 inches

  • Provenance: Private Collection, New York; Shannon's, Milford, Connecticut, October 27, 2011, lot 11; Private Collection, Tennessee.
  • Exhibited: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Carnegie Institute; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Art, "One Hundred Twentieth Annual Exhibition", 1925, n. 375.

    Framed dimensions: 56 1/4 x 66 1/4 x 2 3/4 inches

    Born in Moss, Norway, in 1880, Jonas Lie grew up in Oslo before moving to America in 1893. He settled for a time in New Jersey, and painted his first plein air landscapes in Provincetown on Cape Cod at the age of 16. Soon after, he began renting a studio in New York and exhibiting at the National Academy of Design. At the age of 23, he exhibited a landscape at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts that was purchased by William Merritt Chase.

    While his reputation was rising in the United States, Lie traveled to Europe in 1909 and visited Henri Matisse and Gertrude Stein. Upon returning to New York his work displayed greater confidence of brushwork, an interest in strong light, and an increasingly intense use of color. Dissatisfied with the jury system of the National Academy, in 1919 Lie joined fellow artists George Bellows, Robert Henri, Childe Hassam and Alexander Calder in establishing the Society of American Painters, Sculptors, and Gravers, later the New Society of Artists. Lie nonetheless maintained membership in the Academy, and served as the organization's president, the first non-American to hold the position, from 1934-1939. At the time of his death in 1940, Lie had had 57 one-man shows of his paintings.

    The Emerald Sea at Dawn, offered here, is an impressive example of Lie's passion for coastal subjects. The water is seen from a height which allows for a spectacular panoramic view. The strength of coloring is typical of his mature work, his bold use of green to reflect the blue water is impressive and is recognized in many of his works. This work was exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art's annual exhibition in 1925.

    Tags: oil painting, large-format, seascape, coastal, marine, 20th century, sailboats, American Impressionist, American Impressionism
  • Condition: overall very good condition; lined canvas; very minor inpaint mostly to edges

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