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Albert Herter (1871-1950)
Property from The Westervelt Company, formerly The Gulf States Paper Corporation
Albert Herter (1871-1950)

A Family Group

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Albert Herter (1871-1950)
A Family Group
signed 'Albert Herter' and inscribed with artist's device (lower right)
watercolor and gouache on paper
15¼ x 11¼ in. (38.7 x 28.6 cm.), image; 18 x 14½ in.(45.7 x 36.8 cm.), sheet
Painted circa 1898.
Provenance
The artist.
By descent.
Victor D. Sparks, New York.
J. William Middendorf, II, by 1967.
Mr. and Mrs. George J. Arden, New York.
Acquired by the present owner, 1987.
Literature
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Two Hundred Years of Watercolor Painting in America: An Exhibition Commemorating the Centennial of the American Watercolor Society, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1966, p. 26, no. 165 (as In the Garden).
J.W. Middendorf, II, "Collecting American Nineteenth-Century Art," The Magazine Antiques, vol. XCII, no. 5, November 1967, p. 688, no. 10, illustrated.
W.H. Gerdts, Down Garden Paths: The Floral Environment in American Art, exhibition catalogue, Montclair, New Jersey, 1983, p. 56, illustrated (as The Herter Family in Paris).
D.P. Curry, et al., American Dreams: Paintings and Decorative Arts from the Warner Collection, exhibition catalogue, Richmond, Virginia, 1997, pp. 66-67, illustrated.
T. Armstrong, ed., An American Odyssey: The Warner Collection of American Fine and Decorative Arts, Gulf States Paper Corporation, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, New York, 2001, p. 138, illustrated.
Exhibited
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Two Hundred Years of Watercolor Painting in America: An Exhibition Commemorating the Centennial of the American Watercolor Society, December 8, 1966-January 29, 1967, no. 165 (as In the Garden).
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and elsewhere, American Paintings and Historical Prints from the Middendorf Collection, October 4-November 5, 1967.
Montclair, New Jersey, Montclair Museum of Art, and elsewhere, Down Garden Paths: The Floral Environment in American Art, October 1-November 30, 1982 (as The Herter Family in Paris).
South Bend, Indiana, South Bend Art Center, American Masterpieces from the Warner Collection, December 9, 1989-February 4, 1990.
Montgomery, Alabama, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Impressions of America: The Warner Collection of Gulf States Paper Corporation, June 18-July 28, 1991.
Memphis, Tennessee, The Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Impressions of America, November 15, 1992-January 24, 1993.
Richmond, Virginia, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, American Dreams: Paintings and Decorative Arts from the Warner Collection, September 20, 1997-January 25, 1998.

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Lot Essay

"Albert Herter, a painter of the Aesthetic Movement, takes a neutral position in his depiction of a family of women in his Family Group...Charmed by the exoticism of fifteenth-century primitive paintings and tapestries, Herter produced furniture and tapestries in addition to paintings, and the flat, abstract style of his painting may reflect his affinity for two-dimensional decoration. In The Family Group, the landscape setting, with its tree trunks and blanket of red blossoms, suggests the pattern of a woven textile. The five female figures are decoratively aligned and emotionally detached. The effect is of a tableau, a scene frozen in a timeless space." (E.M. Foshay, "The Cosmopolitan Perspective" in An American Odyssey: The Warner Collection of American Fine and Decorative Arts, Gulf States Paper Corporation, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, New York, 2001, p. 138)

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