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    Sale 2072

    California, Western and American Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture

    29 October 2008, Beverly Hills

  • Lot 12

    William Wendt (1865-1946)

    Meadow and Hills

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    William Wendt (1865-1946)
    Meadow and Hills
    signed and dated '.William Wendt.1926.' (lower left)
    oil on panel
    10½ x 13¾ in. (26.7 x 35 cm.)


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    William Wendt, above all, loved to explore the unsettled landscape, sometimes leaving for weeks at a time searching for inspiration for his artwork. "Wendt often took to the countryside, particularly seeking remote, untraveled natural settings, loving especially the rolling hills, spreading trees and carpets of grass and flowers to be found in California in the early spring. Here, this deeply religious man found inspiration. In a letter he wrote, 'Here, the heart of man becomes impressionable. Here, away from the soul-destroying hurly-burly of life, it feels that the world is beautiful; that man is his brother; that God is good.' This transcendent state of mind, usually evoked in the midst of some lovely natural setting, was fundamental to Wendt's work. (R. Westphal, Plein Air Painters of California: The Southland, Irvine, California, 1996, p. 172)

    Provenance

    Maxwell Galleries, San Francisco, California.
    The Redfern Gallery, Laguna Beach, California.
    Acquired by the present owner from the above.