1 of 4 images

E. Ambrose Webster
Rock in the Sea

About

This painting of the coasts of the Azores islands is a superb example of Webster’s mature modern work where the influence of European Fauvism comes to the fore with its large-scale, forcefully painted and vibrantly colored canvas, and a powerful sense of light. If ever an American painter reveled in light and color it was E. Ambrose Webster. He was among our first and most forceful modern painters. After initial studies under Edmund Tarbell and Frank Benson in Boston, he spent nearly three years in Europe absorbing the latest developments in the Post-Impressionist art world. By 1900 he returned to the United States and, having developed his own original idiom, became a prominent member of the progressive art community. From his earliest days in Paris he admired the works of and perhaps knew Aman-Jean, Aubrey Beardsley and Renoir. Webster maintained connections in an international community of artists that included Albert Gleizes, Jean Metzinger and Henri Matisse. Over the years he traveled widely in France, Spain, Italy, North Africa, the Azore Islands, Jamaica and Bermuda, seeking the sunlight heightened color which inspired him. In 1906, while painting in the Caribbean, he exhibited a work which secured the Musgrave Silver Medal from the Institute of Jamaica. At home in Provincetown he was closely associated with Charles Hawthorne, Charles Demuth and Edward Hopper. By 1913 Webster was exhibiting in Boston and Cleveland with Charles Hovey Pepper, Carl G. Cutler and Maurice Prendergast and received superb reviews from the Boston critics. Several of the works were Jamaican scenes of native huts with superb use of color and light. Gail Scott writes about Webster’s first 1913 group show at Brooks Reed Gallery, “… color vibrates between pure viridian green and chrome yellow in the vegetation, bright lemon yellow highlights, and deep purple shadows. These dazzling canvases caught the attention of two anonymous but discerning critics. Webster’s masterworks are in such public collections as the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and the Greenville County Museum of Art, South Carolina. In the last decade, his work has figured prominently in publications and exhibitions at Babcock Galleries: E. Ambrose Webster: A Retrospective of Painting, The armory show years of e. ambrose webster and E. Ambrose Webster – Chasing the Sun, in the High Art Museum’s The advent of modernism, 1987 and in William Gerdts’ 1997 landmark work The Color of Modernism: The American Fauves. Webster’s dynamic career spanned forty years and found him consistently in the middle of the Modernist movement. He traveled and exhibited widely, knew important artists worldwide, was acclaimed by his peers and created some of the finest and most adventurous paintings of his time. Webster was a consummate American Modernist painter.

Details

  • Condition
    Good.
  • Dimensions

    H 30 in. x W 40 in.

    H 76.2 cm x W 101.6 cm

  • Gallery location
    New York, NY
  • Reference number
    LU73632822011

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About the Seller

Recognized
Vetted
1stdibs seller since 2017
Typical response time: 1 hr
Located in New York, NY
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries

More From This Seller
$125,000

Bermuda (Tobacco Bay)

e. Ambrose Webster

Canvas, Oil

Bermuda from 1920 is from a series of sea cliff and rock paintings by the artist, inspired by the towering outcroppings of volcanic rock along the edge of the sea in and around Tobac...

$58,000

Provincetown Garden

e. Ambrose Webster

Canvas, Oil

E. Ambrose Webster was among our first and most forceful modern painters, and is one of America’s greatest interpreter of Fauvism. This 1916 landscape oil painting, measuring 20 x 24...

$120,000

Banana Trees, Shutter, Jamaica

e. Ambrose Webster

Canvas, Oil

This painting is a superb example of Webster’s mature modern work where the influence of European Fauvism comes to the fore with its large-scale, forcefully painted and vibrantly col...

$18,000

Drying the Nets, Provincetown

e. Ambrose Webster

Canvas, Oil

The harbors of Provincetown and the surrounding area were among Webster’s first subjects, and Drying the Nets (c. 1903) is one of his earliest known canvases. Here the artist utilize...

You May Also Like
$40,000

Italian Landscape

Arthur B. Davies

Canvas, Oil

Though his own paintings—idyllic pastorals inspired by Greek mythology and the Renaissance—suggest that he was immersed more in history than in his own time, Arthur Bowen Davies cham...

$18,500

Rue Beaudry, Montreal

John Little

Canvas, Oil

Signed lower right: JOHN / LITTLE; on stretcher bar: RUE BEAUDRY MONTREAL JOHN LITTLE / 2 – 6 – 71

$12,500

Coming Home

Henry Martin Gasser

Canvas, Oil, Board

Signed lower right: H. Gasser

$12,500

On the Seashore

Henry Martin Gasser

Canvas, Oil

Signed lower right: H. GASSER

$17,500

Getting Ready, Gloucester Fishing Boat

Henry Martin Gasser

Canvas, Oil, Board

Signed lower right: H. GASSER; on verso: “GETTING READY”

$27,500

Winter Docks

Henry Martin Gasser

Canvas, Oil

Signed lower right: H. GASSER

$140,000

Boating on the Connecticut River

Ernest Lawson

Canvas, Oil

Signed lower right: E. LAWSON

$95,000

Across the Hudson

Max Kuehne

Canvas, Oil, Board

Signed lower left: Kuehne; inscribed on verso: Across the Hudson / Max Kuehne