Guy Wiggins Winter Scenes at Surovek Gallery

Guy Wiggins Paintings for Sale

Guy Wiggins

Guy Wiggins is often called the last great American Impressionist painter.  Wiggins was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1883, and mentored by his father, landscape painter Carleton Wiggins. Wiggins attended Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, with the idea of becoming an architect, but continued his art education at the Art Students League and the National Academy of Design.

Ironically, it was his paintings of Manhattan architecture that catapulted him to fame very early in his career. At the age of twenty, Wiggins became the youngest artist to have a work in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, with the purchase of The Metropolitan Tower.

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Guy Wiggins
The Metropolitan Tower, 1912
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Guy Wiggins’  New York Winter Scenes

Guy Wiggins spent much of his time painting landscapes, alongside his father and other fine artists, at the Old Lyme Art Colony in Old Lyme, Connecticut. He was often commissioned to paint landscapes and portraits, but it was his winter scenes of New York that were most admired.

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Guy Wiggins
Snowstorm in Midtown Manhattan
Oil on canvasboard
16 x 12 inches
Signed Guy Wiggins, N.A. (lower right) and signed again and inscribed with title (on the reverse
For sale at Surovek Gallery

Around 1918 though 1928, after World War l and before the Great Depression, New York was a prosperous, bustling city, with new buildings and bridges going up, speakeasies taking up the slack of Prohibition and American artists creating their own styles, rather than looking to Europe for inspiration.

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New York Times Square, 1922

Although Wiggins preferred to paint in the countryside, he saw the beauty of winter in the city and was able to capture it on canvas. In a 1924 interview, Wiggins told the story of how he painted his first snow scene in 1912. “One cold, blustering, snowy winter day,” he said,  “I was in my New York studio trying to paint a summer landscape. Things wouldn’t go right, and I sat idly looking out of a window at nothing. Suddenly I saw what was before me—an elevated railroad track, with a train dashing madly through the whirling blizzard-like snow that made hazy and indistinct the row of buildings on the far side of the street. Well, when I gave an exhibition a short time afterward . . . the winter canvases were sold before anything else. In a week, so to say, I was established as a painter of city winter scenes, and I found it profitable. Then suddenly I felt a revulsion against them and I stopped. Everyone said I was a fool and was shutting the door upon opportunity, maybe fame. Just the same I couldn’t go on with winter stuff and that was all there was to it.”

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Guy Wiggins
Winter at Madison Square
Oil on canvas
25 x 30 inches
Signed lower right: Guy Wiggins N.A.
For sale at Surovek Gallery

Guy Wiggins did much of his painting at his Connecticut home and wintered in St. Augustine, where he died in 1962, at age 80.

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Guy Wiggins
Gloucester Harbour, before 1914
Smithsonian American Art Museum

Besides his work at the Met, Guy Wiggins’ work is part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Brooklyn Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Guy Wiggins New York Snow Scenes at Surovek Gallery

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Guy Wiggins
Entrance to Central Park, Winter
Oil on canvas board
12 x 16 inches
Signed lower right: Guy Wiggins N.A.
For sale at Surovek Gallery

Please contact us if you would like more information about Snowstorm in Midtown Manhattan, Winter at Madison Square, Entrance to Central Park, Winter or any of the other fine art at the Surovek Gallery.

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References:
https://americanart.si.edu/artwork/gloucester-harbour-27683
Stan Shelley and Joette Humphrey. Antiques: Painter Guy C. Wiggins. BlueRidgeNow. March 19, 2015.
https://www.vintag.es/2012/06/amazing-vintage-photos-of-new-york-city.html
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