William Samuel Horton (American, 1865-1935) Blackbirds and Falling Snow
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William Samuel Horton (American, 1865-1935)
Blackbirds and Falling Snow
Signed "William S. Horton" l.r., identified on labels including one from Vose
Galleries, Boston, on the reverse.
Oil on board, 25 x 30 1/4 in. (63.5 x 76.2 cm), framed.
Provenance: A private New England collection.
N.B. Although he was born and raised in the American Midwest, his family tried repeatedly to dissuade him from his artistic endeavors, and he ultimately severed all family ties. In 1892 he began his studies in Paris, and although he frequently returned to America, New York in particular, he remained closely associated with the French Impressionists - he especially enjoyed the company of Monet, Degas, and Pissarro, as well as that of fellow ex-patriot Whistler in London. His loose brush stroke and vivid palette are indicative of these associations, and like the Impressionists he was adamant about working a plein air.
His works are housed in numerous museums and collections including the Musée d'Orsay, Paris, the Terra Museum, Chicago, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.