Theodore 'Ted' Kautzky, N.A. (American, 1896-1953) original watercolor painting titled 'Autumn in Vermont.' Circa 1951. Unsigned. Size: 22.25 inches x 29.5 inches. Watercolor on 300lb. D'Arches paper. Condition: very good, with bright, crisp colors; some toning to the very edges of the sheet, which would be hidden if matted (currently framed floating with no mat.) This painting was published as the cover of the November 1951 issue of "Reader's Digest." A copy of this magazine is included in the sale of this original painting. In this farmyard scene, Kautzky has portrayed a young man strolling towards his barns and silo, while a Tom turkey and its mate look on. A silhouette of the Green Mountains serves as a backdrop, while the stark trunks of massive trees, a characteristic element in many of Kautzky's paintings, define the foreground with an intricate pattern of shadows.
Theodore 'Ted' Kautzky was an architect, watercolorist, teacher, and author of books on paintings techniques. Trained as an architect at the Royal University in Hungary, he emigrated to New York in 1923, where he was employed as an architect for the New York City Parks Dept. Later, he taught art at the Pratt Institute, New York University, the University of Pennsylvania, and at the University of Toronto. Kautzky favored the watercolor medium and mastered the ability to use it to render light, reflections, color and texture in his creations. He spent more than a decade on Cape Ann, in Massachusetts, where he painted the harbors, villages and coastlines of the region. He was a member of the Rockport Art Association, the National Academy of Design, the North Shore Arts Association and the American Watercolor Society. He also traveled through northern New England, including Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.