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    Sale 12165

    American Art

    22 November 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 3

    Patrick Henry Bruce (1881-1936)

    Still Life (Fruits and Vegetables)

    Estimate

    Patrick Henry Bruce (1881-1936)
    Still Life (Fruits and Vegetables)
    signed 'Bruce' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    19 ½ x 24 in. (49.6 x 61 cm.)
    Painted circa 1911.


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    Patrick Henry Bruce likely painted the present work in the fall of 1911, inspired by his intense fascination with Paul Cézanne and guidance from his neighbor, friend and teacher Henri Matisse. Barbara Rose explains of this period of Bruce's career, "Bruce was painting in a highly assured Cézannesque style derived from Matisse...Using color contrast rather than light and shade to model form, between 1910 and 1912 Bruce began interpreting still life as a monumental subject. In Matisse's sculpture class, which Bruce also took, Matisse taught that the purpose of studying sculpture was to understand better how to present volume in painting. No one took him more literally than Bruce, who manages to give a high degree of sculptural relief to his plates of fruit and vases of flowers through the disposition of warm and cool colors arranged in ascending and descending chromatic scales, separated into individual brushstrokes, each of which represented another angled plane in space." (Patrick Henry Bruce: American Modernist, A Catalogue Raisonné, New York, 1979, p. 49)

    Provenance

    The artist.
    Mrs. Helen Kibbey Bruce, wife of the above.
    William Kennedy, circa 1960.
    Mr. and Mrs. Henry M. Reed, Montclair, New Jersey, circa 1970.
    Private collection, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
    By descent to the present owner.


    Saleroom Notice

    This Lot is Withdrawn.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from a Private American Collection


    Literature

    H. Kramer, "Art; Sensual, Serene Sculpture," New York Times, January 25, 1975, p. 23.
    J. Tannenbaum, "Four Americans," Arts Magazine, vol. 49, no. 7, March 1975, p. 10.
    W.C. Agee, "Patrick Henry Bruce: A Major American Artist of Early Modernism," Arts in Virginia, vol. 17, Spring 1977, pp. 15, 17, illustrated.
    W.C. Agee, B. Rose, Patrick Henry Bruce: American Modernist, A Catalogue Raisonné, New York, 1979, p. 171, no. B43, illustrated.


    Exhibited

    Montclair, New Jersey, Montclair Art Museum, American Still Life in New Jersey Collections, October 25-December 13, 1970, no. 9.
    New York, Robert Schoelkopf Gallery, Four Americans, January 7-31, 1975, no. 1.