Skip to main content
  • Design Credit: Samantha Todhunter Design Ltd., Photo Credit: Oliver Clarke. Dimensions: H 26 in. x W 30 in.
  • Design Credit: Lucy Harris Studio, Photo Credit: Francesco Bertocci. Dimensions: H 26 in. x W 30 in.
  • Design Credit: Timothy Godbold, Photo Credit: Karl Simone. Dimensions: H 26 in. x W 30 in.
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 8

John Edward Costigan
Bathers

1950's

$9,850

About

John Edward Costigan, N.A. American, 1888-1972 Bathers Oil on canvas Signed ‘J.E. Costigan N.A.’ lower left 20 by 24 in. W/frame 26 by 30 in. John Costigan was born of Irish-American parents in Providence, Rhode Island, February 29, 1888. He was a cousin of the noted American showman, George M. Cohan, whose parents brought the young Costigan to New York City and was instrumental in starting him on a career in the visual arts. They were less successful in encouraging him to pursue formal studies at the Art Students League (where, however, he later taught) than in exposing him to the commercial art world through the job they had gotten him with the New York lithographing firm that made their theatrical posters. At the H. C. Miner Lithographing Company, Costigan worked his way up from his entry job as a pressroom helper, through various apprenticeships, to the position of sketch artist. In the latter capacity he was an uncredited designer of posters for the Ziegfeld Follies and for numerous silent films. Meanwhile, he had supplemented his very meager formal studies in the fine arts with a self-teaching discipline that led to his first professional recognition in 1920 with the receipt of prizes for an oil painting and watercolor in separate New York exhibitions. A year earlier, Costigan had wed professional model Ida Blessin, with whom he established residence and began raising a family in the sleepy little rural New York hamlet of Orangeburg, the setting for the many idyllic farm landscapes and wood interiors with which he was to become identified in a career that would span half a century. John Costigan’s first national recognition came in 1922 with his winning of the coveted Peterson Purchase prize of the Art Institute of Chicago for an oil on canvas, “Sheep at the Brook.” It marked the start of an unbroken winning streak that would gain him at least one important prize per year for the remainder of the decade. The nation’s art journalists and critics began to take notice, making him the recurring subject of newspaper features and magazine articles. The eminent author and critic Edgar Holger Cahill was just a fledgling reporter when he wrote his first feature, “John Costigan Carries the Flame,” for Shadowland Magazine in 1922. Costigan had his first one-man show of paintings at the Rehn Gallery on New York’s 5th Avenue in November, 1924, to be followed less than three years later by another at the Art Institute of Chicago. In addition, Costigan’s work has been—and continues to be included, side-by-side with that of some of America’s most high-profile artists, in museum and gallery exhibitions throughout the country. His renown had peaked in the early 1930s, by which time his work had been honored with nearly every major award then being bestowed in the fine arts and had been acquired for the permanent collections of several prestigious American museums, including New York’s Metropolitan (which only recently, in 1997, deaccessioned his “Wood Interior,” acquired in 1934). Although Costigan’s celebrity had ebbed by the late 1930s, the Smithsonian Institution saw fit in 1937 to host an exhibition exclusively of his etchings. And, in 1941, the Corcoran Gallery (also Washington, D.C.) similarly honored him for his watercolors. (Another Washington institution, the Library of Congress, today includes 22 Costigan etchings and lithographs in its permanent print collection.) During World War II, Costigan returned briefly to illustrating, mainly for Bluebook, a men’s pulp adventure magazine. A gradual revival of interest in his more serious work began at the end of the war, culminating in 1968 with the mounting of a 50-year Costigan retrospective at the Paine Art Center and Arboretum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Oils, watercolors and prints were borrowed from museums and private collections throughout the country, and the exhibition was subsequently toured nationally by the Smithsonian Institution. John Costigan died of pneumonia in Nyack, NY, August 5, 1972, just months after receiving his final prestigious award —the Benjamin West Clinedinst Medal of the Artist’s Fellowship, Inc., presented in general recognition of his “...achievement of exceptional artistic merit...” in the various media he had mastered in the course of his career. This painting depicts one of the artist's favorite themes --the farm family bathing in the wooded creek that bordered his property in Orangeburg NY. Most of these were titled simply "Bathers" or "Bathing Group." This painting is truly representative of the artist's work in oils, particularly his later work. Provenance: Private Collection, New York Alexander Avenard Collection Le Trianon Fine Art & Antiques, Sheffield, MA. Art C309

Details

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Retrieving quote...
    Ships From: Sheffield, MA
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn More
About the Seller
5.0
Located in Sheffield, MA
Vetted Seller
These experienced sellers undergo a comprehensive evaluation by our team of in-house experts.
1stDibs seller since 2017
43 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: 7 hours
More From This SellerView All
  • Woman and Child
    By John Edward Costigan
    Located in Sheffield, MA
    John Edward Costigan, N.A. American, 1888-1972 Woman and Child Oil on canvas Signed ‘J.E. Costigan N.A.’ lower left 24 by 30 in. W/frame 32 by 38 in. John Costigan was born of ...
    Category

    1940s Post-Impressionist Landscape Paintings

    Materials

    Oil

  • Bathing Group
    By John Edward Costigan
    Located in Sheffield, MA
    John Edward Costigan, N.A. American, 1888-1972 Bathing Group Oil on canvas board Signed ‘J.E. Costigan N.A.’ lower left 12 by 16 in. W/frame 20 by 24 in. John Costigan was born of...
    Category

    1950s Post-Impressionist Figurative Paintings

    Materials

    Oil

  • Les Vendanges
    By Georges d'Espagnat
    Located in Sheffield, MA
    Georges d'Espagnat French, 1870 - 1950 Les Vendanges Signed gdE (lower left)  Oil on canvas 67 by 43 in. W/frame 71 by 47 in. Born at Melun on 14th August 1870, Georges d’Espagnat...
    Category

    1910s Post-Impressionist Figurative Paintings

    Materials

    Oil

  • Djeuner Champtre
    By Marcel Dyf
    Located in Sheffield, MA
    Marcel Dyf French, 1899-1985 Djeuner Champtre Oil on canvas 23 ½ by 28 ¾ in. W/frame 31 ½ by 36 ¾ in. Signed lower left Marcel Dyf (Marcel Dreyfus) was born in Paris on October 7,...
    Category

    1950s Post-Impressionist Figurative Paintings

    Materials

    Oil

  • Woman in Kimono
    Located in Sheffield, MA
    Everett Lloyd Bryant American, 1864-1945 Woman in Kimono Oil on canvas Signed lower right 30 by 25 in. W/frame 35 by 30 in. Everett studied with Blanc and Couture in Paris; Herkom...
    Category

    1920s Post-Impressionist Figurative Paintings

    Materials

    Oil

  • Le Piège à Oiseaux
    By Georges d'Espagnat
    Located in Sheffield, MA
    Georges D'espagnat French, 1870 - 1950 Le Piège à Oiseaux Signed gdE (lower right) Oil on canvas 66 3/4 by 48 1/2 in. W/frame 70 ¾ by 52 ½ in. Born at Melun on 14th August 1870, G...
    Category

    1910s Post-Impressionist Figurative Paintings

    Materials

    Oil

You May Also Like
  • Mothers and Children at the Beach
    By John Edward Costigan
    Located in New York, NY
    Masterly brushstrokes and use of color and movement make his image stunningly peaceful. It will enhance any room and provide hours of enjoyment. Beautiful original signed painting in...
    Category

    20th Century Impressionist Figurative Paintings

    Materials

    Oil, Watercolor

  • Léon Frédéric (1856-1940) Paysage de Nafraiture, Oil on panel
    By Léon Frédéric
    Located in Paris, FR
    Léon Frédéric (1856-1940) Paysage de Nafraiture Signed with the stamp of his son Georges Frédéric on the lower left Oil on panel 29.5 x 44.2 cm Certificate of Georges Frederic, son ...
    Category

    1930s Post-Impressionist Landscape Paintings

    Materials

    Oil

  • Eugène Emmanuel Lemercier (1886-1915) A mountain Lake, oil on canvas signed
    Located in Paris, FR
    Eugène Emmanuel Lemercier (1886-1915) A mountain Lake, signed with the monogram EEL on the lower left Oil on canvas laid down on carboard 37 x 44.5 cm In good condition, except tra...
    Category

    1910s Post-Impressionist Landscape Paintings

    Materials

    Oil

  • Maurice Asselin (1882-1947) A Village, Signed oil on canvas
    By Maurice Asselin
    Located in Paris, FR
    Maurice Asselin (1882-1947) A Village Signed and dated 27, lower left Oil on canvas In good condition 50 x 61 cm In its original frame : 65 x 77 cm Maurice Asselin is a painter an...
    Category

    1920s Post-Impressionist Figurative Paintings

    Materials

    Oil

  • Léon Frédéric (1856-1940) Landscape in Nafraiture, Oil on canvas, signed
    By Léon Frédéric
    Located in Paris, FR
    Léon Frédéric (1856-1940) Landscape in Nafraiture Signed with the signature stamp of his estate on the lower right Oil on canvas 21 x 32 cm Certificate of Georges Frederic, son of t...
    Category

    1930s Post-Impressionist Landscape Paintings

    Materials

    Oil

  • L.V. Guirand de Scevola (1871-1950), In the Park of Versailles, oil on panel
    Located in Paris, FR
    Lucien Victor Guirand de Scevola (1871-1850) In the Park of Versailles Oil on panel 47 x 55 cm Signed bottom right Framed : 58.5 x 66.5 cm Guirand de Scevola had a great affect...
    Category

    1930s Post-Impressionist Landscape Paintings

    Materials

    Oil

Recently Viewed

View More

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Trusted Global Delivery