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Alfred Statler
The Night Cathedral

1948

$2,500

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A train platform rises above assembled automobiles parked below a bridge, in this transportation minded New York City urban cityscape, atop an almost surrealist cathedral at night rises into the night. Captured with oils on canvas in a dark haunting color palette, the dramatic impasto technique is impressive and everything we love about American art of this period. The painting has been cleaned and is framed in a handsome rough hewn Larson-Juhl wood frame that accents the painting well, signed and dated 1948 in the lower right corner. Executed in a WPA, Regionalist, design aesthetic, this is the work of the important American photo-journalist Alfred Statler, who was active in New York City from the post-war era until the 1970s. His name is most often associated with the booming modern art scene of the 1950s and 1960s, and in particular with Andy Warhol's early gallery exhibitions. Along with his work on assignment for publications like Time magazine, Statler was an exhibited fine art photographer, drawn to the bustling street scenes of New York. Statler began his art career as a student of Fernand Léger, the cubist master, and this exhibits both the influence of cubism and America's WPA movement. Signed LR. 15 3/4" x 19 1/2" Framed Size 22 1/4" x 26 1/2"

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