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    Important American Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture

    20 May 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 67

    William Sergeant Kendall (1869-1938)


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    William Sergeant Kendall (1869-1938)
    signed and dated '-Sergeant-Kendall-1933-' (upper left)
    oil on canvas
    36 x 58 in. (91.4 x 147.3 cm.)

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    After 1922, William Sergeant Kendall moved to Hot Springs, Virginia, where he developed an interest in painting the female nude. This subject dominated his oeuvre for the final fifteen years of his life and resulted in monumental canvases such as the present work, Gloria, and demonstrates Kendall's overt influence from his time studying the classical masters in Paris.


    The artist.
    Estate of the artist.
    Christine Herter, wife of the artist.
    Private collection, gift from the above, circa 1959.
    Private collection, Texas.


    Yale University, Memorial Exhibition of the Works of William Sargeant Kendall, exhibition catalogue, New Haven, Connecticut, 1939, n.p., no. 12.
    R. Austin, William Sergeant Kendall: American Master, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1998, n.p., no. 5, illustrated.


    New Haven, Connecticut, Yale University Art Gallery, and elsewhere, Memorial Exhibition of the Works of Sergeant Kendall, January 8-22, 1939, no. 12.
    New York, Owen Gallery, William Sergeant Kendall: American Master, April 15-June 19, 1998.