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Six Bathers by a River

20th c
22 15/16 in. x 31 in. (58.26 cm x 78.74 cm)

Abraham Walkowitz, Russian-American, (March 28, 1878–January 27, 1965)

Object Type: Painting
Creation Place: North America, United States, New York
Medium and Support: Watercolor and graphite pencil on paper
Credit Line: Gift of the artist in memory of Gertrude V. Whitney, 1959
Accession Number: 59-0.1

The abstract dabs of paint, transparent colors, and areas of unpainted paper in Wakowitz' "Bathers" suggest an effort to incorporate formally the lessons gleaned from scrutiny of Cezanne's work; like Cezanne's his colors are limpid and reflective. Restrained by inhibition or perhaps fear of scandal, neither painter posed nude models out-of-doors. The "Bathers" of each are based on memory rather than direct observation and evince distinctly nonsensuous approaches, the figures being inert and detached from life. Although Walkowitz achieved a sense of expansive scale in his "Bathers," he did not transpose this vision to oils until very late in his career.

1982: "Abraham Walkowitz: Figuration and New York Cityscapes, 1895-1945," September 12 - October 31, 1982, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California

Object Description
Modern watercolor painting on paper

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  • Frame: 28 1/8 x 36 3/4 x 1 3/8 inches Dimensions: 22 15/16 x 31 in. (58.26 x 78.74 cm)

Provenance History
  • Owner Name: Abraham Walkowitz
    Role: artist/donor
    Place: New York, New York
    Dates: 1916, July 16, 1959

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