Triumphant Lives Three: American Women Artists (1795-1950) at Hawthorne Fine Art

Rhoda Holmes Nicholls (1854-1930) Lady in the Woods. Oil on canvas, 20 x 16 inches. Signed lower right.
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Hawthorne fine arts is pleased to present Triumphant Lives Three: American Women Artists (1795-1950). This is the third survey in a series which began in 2019 and which features over 100 works for sale in the gallery’s inventory of prominent and lesser-known but equally talented female artists and includes landscapes, still lifes and portraits. The accompanying catalog further sheds light on the wide-ranging talent and accomplishments of American female artists.

Among the proposed works is From my window, Concarneau by Edith V. Cockcroft (1881-1962). Originally from Brooklyn, Cockcroft studied in Paris under Henri Matisse and befriended artists such as Pierre Renoir and Paul Gauguin. Cockcroft’s painting depicts the French port town of Concarneau, a remarkable 19th-century artists’ colony, blanketed in snow as figures in traditional Breton costume huddle beside market stalls. The painting was exhibited at the 105th Annual Pennsylvania Academy Exhibition in 1910.

In Arno river, Florence, Anna Mary Richards Brewster (1870-1952) captures the River Arno as it passes the Italian city of Florence. Painted outside from a high vantage point, the sweeping view of the city of Brewster includes historic sites such as the Ponte Vecchio and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Daughter of sailor William Trost Richards and artist Anna Matlock Richards, Brewster exhibited at the National Academy of Design aged just 14.

Closer to home, Laura Woodward (1834-1926), a female artist from the Hudson River School, captures the vast American landscape in camel Bosse, Vermont, 1877. The figures picking flowers in the foreground are small in stature amidst a vast expanse of farmland and the green mountains of Vermont. In Fall 1878, a more intimate work, Woodward depicts a small waterfall surrounded by the warm hues of fall foliage. The work was executed during Woodward’s two-month sketching excursion to northeast Pennsylvania’s Blooming Grove Park.

Edith V. Cockcroft (1881-1962) From my window, Concarneau. Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches. Signed lower right.
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Three young ladies share a picnic in wooded landscape by Mary Josephine Walters (1837-1883). Dressed in colorful dresses, the ladies sit by a river near a forest opening created by a dense canopy of arching trees and intertwining branches. A favorite student of Asher B. Durand, Walters has exhibited with the Ladies’ Art Association, the National Academy of Design, and the Young Men’s Christian Association.

Rhoda Holmes Nicholls (1854-1930) lady in the woods represents a solitary woman in a forest setting. Dressed in red with her hand on her heart, the woman looks at the scene in front of her. Nicholl’s marriage to artist Burr Nicholls ended in divorce when in 1897 her work was accepted at the Paris Salon and her husband’s work was not.

Anna Mary Richards Brewster (1870-1952) Arno River, Florence. Oil on canvas, 9 x 16 inches. Signed lower left. Original Newcomb Macklin frame.
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In Landscape at Cragsmoor, Helen Maria Turner (1858-1958) depicts figures on a farm as the lush hills of Shawangunk Ridge stretch into the distance. An active member of the Cragsmoor Art Colony, Turner returned to the area every summer for over thirty years. In another work, Turner captures the rosy glow of youth in Portrait of Anne Spencer. Raised in Washington Square in New York, Spencer counted Lena Glackens, the daughter of American painter Ashcan William J. Glackens as a close friend. Spencer’s parents commissioned the portrait when she was twelve, and the experience left a lasting impression. Spencer has become an artist in her own right.

Little known today, Sarah Rhodes Macknight flourished in New York between 1877 and 1886, exhibiting with the Brooklyn Art Association, the National Academy, the American Watercolor Society and the Milwaukee Exposition Association. His painting titled Lois, The Witch of Salem, ca. 1881 was inspired by short story by Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) Lois the witch. Macknight portrays the story’s protagonist accused of witchcraft in the dark of night under a crescent crescent moon. The painting was exhibited at the 56th annual exhibition at the National Academy in 1881.

Susan Waters (1823-1900) depicts a young woman in a black mourning dress with a lace collar in her portrait of Catherine Quackenbush Slade, 1844. A posthumous portrait, Slade holds open a book revealing an image of a pale pink rose in full bloom with buds that have yet to open indicating that it may have died in childbirth. Through a window beside her, life goes on in a tree-lined landscape under a blue sky.

Hawthorne Fine Art is a Manhattan-based art gallery specializing in 19th and early 20th century American painting. To access the Three triumphant lives catalog, please visit our website and click to download a digital copy:

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