CHARLES ETHAN PORTER (1847-1923)
CHARLES ETHAN PORTER (1847-1923)
CHARLES ETHAN PORTER (1847-1923)
CHARLES ETHAN PORTER (1847-1923)
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CHARLES ETHAN PORTER (1847-1923)

Thistles

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CHARLES ETHAN PORTER (1847-1923)
Thistles
signed 'CE Porter' (lower right)
oil on canvas
20 x 12 in. (50.8 x 30.5 cm.)
Painted circa 1888.
Provenance
J.H. Eckhardt Art Bazaar, Hartford, Connecticut.
Private collection.
Acquired by the present owner from the above, circa 2000.
Exhibited
New York, National Academy of Design, Eighth Autumn Exhibition, 1889-90, p. 14, no. 30.
New Britain, Connecticut, New Britain Museum of Art; New York, Studio Museum in Harlem, Charles Ethan Porter: African American Master of Still Life, January 12-June 29, 2008, pp. 78, 81, no. 34, illustrated (as Thistles with Butterfly).

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Lot Essay

Born into a free African-American family in Hartford, Connecticut in 1847, Charles Ethan Porter is best known for his still lifes and is considered one of the first African-American artists to embrace the category. Porter moved to New York in 1869 and became the first Black artist to be admitted to the National Academy of Design. In 1878, the artist returned home, where his career flourished and his work was acquired by prominent figures including Mark Twain and Frederic Edwin Church. In 1881, Porter journeyed to Paris, where he spent two years studying at the French National Academy for Decorative Arts and Académie Julian. The artist returned to the United States, where he continued to make intricate and compelling still lifes, including the present work, Thistles. Porter’s work is housed in notable collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C..

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