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Edwin Howland Blashfield
Spring Scattering Stars

1927

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Spring Scattering Stars is a 1927 Neoclassical painting by American artist Edwin Blashfield. It depicts a nude female allegory of spring on a wet moon scattering stars throughout the sky. Signed and dated lower left. From the Estate of Charles Martignette, Heritage Auctions Blashfield studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts after initial coursework in engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He moved to Europe in 1867 to study with Léon Joseph Florentin Bonnat in Paris and remained abroad until 1881, traveling, painting, and exhibiting his work in salon shows. His academic background in painting and extensive travels in Italy to study fresco painting melded in work marked by delicacy and beauty of coloring. Following his early success as a genre painter, Blashfield became a widely admired muralist whose work ornamented the dome of the Manufacturers' and Liberal Arts building at the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, in Chicago, several state capitols, and the central dome of the Library of Congress. He was a member of numerous arts organizations, including the National Academy of Design, the National Society of Mural Painters in which he served as President from 1909 to 1914.[1] American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the National Institute of Arts and Letters. Blashfield served, from 1920–26, as President of the National Academy of Design. Among his many honors, Blashfield was awarded a Gold Medal by the National Academy of Design in 1934, an honorary membership in the American Institute of Architects, and an honorary doctorate of fine arts by New York University in 1926. He served on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts from 1912–16. His circle of friends included sculptor Daniel Chester French, painters John Singer Sargent and Maxfield Parrish, and architect Cass Gilbert.[2] His style was influenced by Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Jean-Paul Laurens, and Paul Baudry. With his wife he wrote Italian Cities (1900) and translated Vasari's Lives of the Painters (4 vols., 1897), and was well known as a lecturer and writer on art. He became president of the Society of Mural Painters, and of the Society of American Artists.

Details

  • Artist
    Edwin Howland Blashfield (1848 - 1936, American)
  • Creation Year
    1927
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Condition Details
    Four pin holes near upper left corner; seven inch horizontal line of in-painting along the top edge; minor strenghtening to background in the lower left quadrant, and highlights in woman's face; otherwise this lot is in very good condition with only
  • Period
  • Dimensions
    H 50 in. x W 42 in.H 127 cm x W 106.68 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Miami, FL
  • Reference Number
    LU3853944293
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