Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 3

William Mason Brown
Raspberries & Strawberries

$25,000

About

Signed lower left Along with Martin Johnson Heade, William Mason Brown was among a very elite group of artists equally adept at landscape painting as well as still-life painting. He was born in upstate New York in 1828, in the city of Troy, where he also began his art studies under Thomas Grinnell and later with the portraitist, Abel B. Moore. In 1850, at the age of twenty two, he followed Moore to Newark, NJ, where he continued his art education. After his apprenticeship portraitist period was complete he began to paint landscapes, inspired by Thomas Cole and the romantic artists of the Hudson River School. As the period of his landscape production largely covers the years of 1850 to 1869 his style of painting most resembles that of the Pre-Raphaelites. That is not surprising, especially when one learns that Brown lived in Brooklyn, home to most of the Pre-Raphaelites, and painted microscopic detail with equal fervor. It is not known how involved he was in the Society of Truth in Art, but he is extensively included in Linda Ferber's 1985 landmark book on the group, "The New Path, the American Pre-Raphaelites". Ironically enough, just as the Pre-Raphaelites burned out prematurely from the exacting nature of their work, so too did William Mason Brown's landscape phase came to an early end as he switched over to still-life painting. After 1869 he primarily switched over to painting fruit and floral still-lives. His work found its way into numerous public collections which include the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC; the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA; the J.B. Speed Museum, Louisville, KY; the Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA; the Munson Williams Proctor Institute, Utica, NY; the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, St. Johnsbury, Vermont; Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio; the Hood Museum at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, and the Peabody Institute, Baltimore, MD. This painting I have now, "Autumn on the Lake", near Bolton's Landing, Lake George, while undated, likely dates to about 1865, the tail end of his early period when tightly executed landscapes were the norm. The crisply painted trees on the right are typical of the early 1860's. While it is difficult to analyze what the rain plumes in the distance symbolize, themes like "Storms Clearing Off" were used to symbolize the end of the Civil War. Just the way sunset images proliferated five years before hand when they symbolized the end of an era Credit: askart

Details

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    $110 Standard Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 3-5 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Saratoga Springs, NY
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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 / 5
Located in Saratoga Springs, NY
Vetted Seller
These experienced sellers undergo a comprehensive evaluation by our team of in-house experts.
Established in 1992
1stDibs seller since 2015
22 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: 3 hours
More From This Seller
  • By George Cope
    Located in Saratoga Springs, NY
    Signed lower right & dated 1888.
    Category

    1880s Hudson River School Still-life Paintings

    Materials

    Canvas, Oil

  • By Erik Johnsen
    Located in Saratoga Springs, NY
    Signed and dated 2018 His father nearly sold 5-year- old Erik Johnsen in 1965 for $600. What followed was a cha...
    Category

    2010s Post-Impressionist Still-life Paintings

    Materials

    Board, Oil

  • By Gaston Sebire
    Located in Saratoga Springs, NY
    Signed lower right Provenance: Wally Findlay Galleries Gaston Sebire was born August 18, 1920, in Saint-Samson...
    Category

    Mid-20th Century Impressionist Still-life Paintings

    Materials

    Canvas, Oil

  • By Peggy Dodds
    Located in Saratoga Springs, NY
    Signed upper right. She was a member of the National Association of Women Artists, New Jersey Watercolor Club, ...
    Category

    Mid-20th Century Modern Still-life Paintings

    Materials

    Canvas, Oil

  • By Henry Kallem
    Located in Saratoga Springs, NY
    Signed lower left & titled verso. A printmaker and painter in abstract style who used wide brush marks, Henry K...
    Category

    1960s Modern Still-life Paintings

    Materials

    Canvas, Oil

  • By Johann Berthelsen, 1883-1972
    Located in Saratoga Springs, NY
    Signed lower right. Johann Berthelsen (1883-1972) He was born in Copenhagen in 1883, the 7th of seven sons, to...
    Category

    Mid-20th Century Impressionist Still-life Paintings

    Materials

    Canvas, Oil

You May Also Like

Strawberries Strewn on a Forest Floor
By William Mason Brown
Located in New York, NY
William Mason Brown was born in Troy, New York, where he studied for several years with local artists, including the leading portraitist there, Abel Buel Moore. In 1850, he moved to ...
Category

19th Century American Realist Landscape Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Apples in a Basket
By Levi Wells Prentice
Located in New York, NY
Signed center right: L.W. Prentice.
Category

19th Century Hudson River School Still-life Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Hudson River School era fruit still life landscape paintings
Located in Hudson, NY
Stunning pair of antique Hudson River School era still life paintings. Each depicts an arrangement of fresh berries in a natural, atmospheric landscape, making them outstanding examp...
Category

1860s Hudson River School Still-life Paintings

Materials

Oil

Day-Dreaming, 2008/2019
By Patrick Hughes
Located in Boston, MA
For the last 25 years his 3-D reverspective paintings have been "hughesually" in demand, exhibited around the world and featured in many public collections.The experience of seeing a...
Category

2010s Still-life Paintings

Materials

Oil, Board

The Near Distance
By Patrick Hughes
Located in Boston, MA
Patrick Hughes started a new form of perspective-based art, called reverspective, short for reverse perspective. He started with a very simple example in 1964, Sticking-out Room, Hug...
Category

2010s Contemporary Still-life Paintings

Materials

Oil, Board, Other Medium

Mario Mosteiro Still-Life Oil Paint on Cardboard
By Mario Mosteiro
Located in Berlin, DE
Oil painting on cardboard by Mario Mosteiro. Signed lower right. Framed. Measurements: 25.59 x 21.65 in ( 65 x 55 cm ) Mario Mosteiro ( 1915 - 1982 ) was active/lived in Uruguay an...
Category

Mid-20th Century Still-life Paintings

Materials

Oil, Cardboard

Rudolf Ausleger "Still-life" Oil Paint on Board 1935
By Rudolf Ausleger
Located in Berlin, DE
Oil on hardboard, 1935 by Rudolf Ausleger ( 1897-1974 ), Germany. Signed lower left: Ausleger. Framed. Dimensions: 31.89 x 38.98 in ( 81 x 99 cm )
Category

Mid-20th Century Still-life Paintings

Materials

Oil, Board

Stag Party
By Gregory Lowell Smith
Located in Cleveland, OH
Gregory Lowell Smith [Banner Elk, NC] Stag Party 2010 Signed, Titled & Dated on Verso Oil on Board 24 x 24 inches
Category

2010s Still-life Paintings

Materials

Oil, Board

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery