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Arthur B. Wilder painting - Vermont Maples in autumn

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Directory: Archives: Fine Art: Pre 1930: Item # 894796

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"Vermont Maples" by Arthur B. Wilder (American, 1857-1949), oil on canvas, 24" x 29.25", signed and dated 1920 lower left and offered in its original Arts & Crafts gilt wood frame. This large autumnal landscape portrays the brilliance of Vermont's fall colors on a pastured hillside, typical of those in the environs of Woodstock. On the reverse are two early exhibition labels that provide the title. The earliest dates from Arthur Wilder's lifetime, when the painting was loaned to the Woodstock Inn. The second is from after his death, when the work was shown at the Northern Vermont Artists' Exhibition in 1949. Pencil notations record the painting's succession or ownership by will from Arthur Wilder to his son Frederick, and, subsequently, to Arthur's granddaughter Joan Pearsons, in 1977. Condition is very good, with no repairs or restoration. There is some craquelure visible in the upper regions. Arthur Wilder was a native of Vermont, and he developed an interest in drawing at an early age. He enrolled at the prestigious Art Students League in New York City and studied with such noted American painters as Thomas Dewing, Charles Yardley Turner and William Sartain. He also studied portraiture and figure painting with Thomas Eakins and took lessons with the tonalist Dwight Tryon. In 1897 Wilder became the manager of the Woodstock Inn, Woodstock, VT, a position that he held until his retirement in 1935. Wilder's paintings were hung on the walls of the Inn and also at the Boston Watercolor Society. Most of his paintings were of the hills and pastures in and around his beloved Woodstock. This is one of several works by Arthur Wilder that we have available for sale which have descended through the estate of his granddaughter.