Winter’s Sunlit Silence
Oil on canvas
27 x 30 inches
Inscription: Signed lower right
Provenance: Mr. Robert O. Johnson, Wilmette, Illinois (purchased from the Chicago Galleries Association, March 27, 1944, original sales slip verso); Harlowe-Powell Auction Ltd., Charlottesville, Virginia, March 24, 2012, lot 1026; Private Collection, Chicago, Illinois (purchased from the former).
Exhibited: Chicago, Illinois, Chicago Galleries Association, "Duneland and Jackson Park," March 11–31, 1944 (13); Saugatuck, Michigan, Saugatuck Center For The Arts, "Land and Sky: Frank Dudley and the Pageantry of Conservation," May 30–August 9, 2013; Valparaiso, Indiana, Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University, "The Indiana Dunes Revisited: Frank V. Dudley and the 1917 Dunes Pageant," August 22–December 10, 2017.
Literature: James R. Dabbert, "The Indiana Dunes Revisited: Frank V. Dudley and the 1917 Dunes Pageant," Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University, and Indiana University Press, 2017, Cat. 33, p. 195 (reprod. in color).
Note: Frank Dudley was known as a winter painter before he came to be known as the “Painter of the Dunes.” He first established his reputation as a landscape artist at the Art Institute of Chicago beginning in 1902, and for five decades remained at the center of the Chicago art world. In fact, Dudley's first major award was for "The Silent Sentinels," a winter painting shown at the Art Institute of Chicago (the Martin B. Cahn Prize, 1919). Other winter Dudleys in noted collections include the (Chicago) Union League Club's "One Winter’s Afternoon," and the Indiana State Museum's "Winter’s Soft Mantle." Rare to the market, other winter paintings are privately owned or unlocated. Fine original frame. INQUIRE MORE
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