Edwin Walter Dickinson (1891-1978)
Edwin Walter Dickinson (1891-1978)
Edwin Walter Dickinson (1891-1978)
Edwin Walter Dickinson (1891-1978)
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Fields of Vision: The Private Collection of Artists Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason

Marconi Ruin

Marconi Ruin
signed 'E.W. Dickinson' (lower left edge); dated '1941' (lower left); inscribed 'So, Wellfleet' and signed and dated again (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
15 3⁄4 x 20 3⁄4 in. (40 x 52.7 cm.)
Painted in 1941.
Helen Dickinson Baldwin, Oberlin, Ohio, daughter of the artist
Joshua Strychalski, New York
Acquired from the above by the late owners, 1990
New York, Georgette Passedoit Gallery, Paintings, Edwin Dickinson, March 9-28, 1942.
New York, James Graham & Sons, Edwin Dickinson, Retrospective, February 1-March 11, 1961.
Provincetown, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Edwin Dickinson Retrospective, August 14-September 7, 1976.
New York, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., Edwin Dickinson, 1891-1978, November 3-30, 1983, p. 38, no. 41.
Boston, Alpha Gallery, Edwin Dickinson, March 9-April 3, 1985.

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Lot Essay

This work is number 421 in the Edwin Dickinson catalogue raisonné available at www.edwindickinson.org.

In a 1968 interview, Wolf Kahn noted Edwin Dickinson as an American artist he admired, particularly citing how well he painted Wellfleet on Cape Cod, the subject of the present work. Kahn explained, “I think any image worthy of its name is an archetypal image…when you see something stripped of its accidentals it seems like it's there for all time. I think you could paint anything like that as long as you do with this kind of incisiveness which the occasion requires. Edwin Dickinson does it when he paints Wellfleet.”

The present work depicts the former site of Guglielmo Marconi's wireless station on the high dunes of South Wellfleet, Massachusetts. On January 18, 1903, Marconi's site hosted the first transatlantic wireless communication from President Theodore Roosevelt to King Edward VII, who immediately replied. The station eventually closed in 1917, and today the former site and its surrounding beaches are maintained by the National Park Service.

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