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    Sale 1911

    Important American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture

    29 November 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 2

    Colin Campbell Cooper (1856-1937)

    Wall Street

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    Colin Campbell Cooper (1856-1937)
    Wall Street
    bears estate signature 'Colin Campbell Cooper' (lower left)
    oil on canvas
    29 x 18¼ in. (73.7 x 46.4 cm.)
    Painted circa 1905.


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    Due to its historical prominence and captivating atmosphere, New York's Wall Street was a popular subject with American Impressionists in the early twentieth century. According to Dr. William H. Gerdts, "the view of Broad Street, looking toward Wall Street--a vista with a variety of architectural styles, accentuated by the New York Stock Exchange--was probably the most replicated urban image in early twentieth century America." (Impressionist New York, New York, 1994, p. 97)

    Colin Campbell Cooper was particularly drawn to this area of the city the he considered "one of the grandest things ever concocted by man." (Impressionist New York, p. 99) This work owes its strength to features that are familiar in Cooper's most popular works, such as the contrast between the high buildings and the narrow empty streets as well as the ever-popular juxtaposition between the "old, low type of buildings...and the great skyscraper." (Impressionist New York, p. 101)

    Provenance

    Charlotte Henderson, granddaughter of the artist.
    Private collection, acquired from the above, 1997.
    Christie's, New York, 4 December 2003, lot 75.
    Robert Reinhardt, acquired from the above.
    Acquired by the present owner from the above.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that the correct provenance for this lot is:
    Charlotte Henderson, granddaughter of the artist.
    Private collection, acquired from the above, 1997.
    Christie's, New York, 4 December 2003, lot 75.
    Robert Reinhart, acquired from the above.
    Acquired by the present owner from the above.


    Literature

    W.H. Gerdts, Impressionist New York, New York, 1994, p. 100, illustrated.


    Exhibited

    Santa Barbara, California, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, n.d.
    New York, Berry-Hill Galleries, Inc., New York, New York: Paintings, 1800-1950, November 15, 2005-January 28, 2006.