The Art of Snow and Fog at Surovek Gallery

Clearing snow in Washington Square Park, NYC. February 1, 2021

This has been a harsh winter in many parts of the country. It’s a natural human reaction to want to hunker down inside a warm, cozy house and watch the snow fall outside. It’s also natural to want to paint a scene on a balmy day, when all looks pastoral and serene, but some painters can not only see the beauty of the snow and the fog,  but are able to capture that beauty on canvas.

Guy Wiggins 1883-1962

Guy Wiggins
Washington Square, New York Winter, c.1936-40
Oil on canvas
25 x 30 inches
Signed Guy Wiggins N.A. (l.r.)
Signed, titled verso
For sale at Surovek Gallery

Guy Wiggins was born in Brooklyn and spent much of his  career painting winter scenes of New York from his studio in Manhattan. Like his father, painter Carlton Wiggins, he studied at the National Academy of Design.

Guy Wiggins

Snowstorm in Midtown Manhattan, c. 1910

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

The allure that Wiggins was able to imbue in his Manhattan winter scenes gave his work a unique appeal.

His works are in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago and other major museums.

Wolf Kahn 1927-2020

Like Guy Wiggins, Wolf Kahn worked from his studio in Manhattan. Unlike Wiggins, Kahn was inspired by scenes around his summer home in Brattleboro, Vermont and then returned to Manhattan to complete the Vermont landscapes.

Wolf Kahn
Fog Bank, 2001
Oil on canvas
Canvas size: 36 x 42 inches
Framed Size: 37 x 43 inches
Signed lower right
For sale at Surovek Gallery

“The environment in which my paintings grow best is at Broadway and 12th Street.” he said. “I can see nature most clearly in my studio, undistracted by trees and skies. Art being emotion recollected in tranquility, I constantly find Nature too emotional, and Broadway very tranquil.”

Artist:  Wolf Kahn (1927-2020)
Title: “Fog Bank”, 2009
Medium: Oil on canvas
Framed Size:  52 x 66 inches
Signed: “W. Kahn” lower left
Titled and dated on stretcher

Kahn’s work can be found in the collections of the Met, Washington, the Smithsonian and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, as well as in the collections of President Bill Clinton, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and onetime U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

Thomas Hart Benton 1889-1975

Thomas Hart Benton was born in Neosho, Missouri and became one of America’s foremost Regionalist painters. Much of his work focused on the struggles of the people of the midwest.

Thomas Hart Benton

After the Blow, 1946

Lithograph
10 x 14 inches
Signed: Benton in pencil (l.r.)
For sale at Surovek Gallery

Although Benton himself like to present a midwestern persona, he studied in Paris and lived in New York City for more than 20 years.

Thomas Hart Benton
Sea Phantasy, 1925-26
Oil on metal
63 x 47 inches
Sea Phantasy is a panel from Thomas Hart Benton’s first mural commission, executed in 1925-1926 for sportsman Albert Briggs
For sale at Surovek Gallery

Thomas Hart Benton’s works are part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian. His murals can be seen in major venues around the U.S.

The Works of Guy Wiggins, Wolf Kahn and Thomas Hart Benton at Surovek Gallery

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References:
Miles McEnery. A Tribute to Wolf Kahn. The Brooklyn Rail. June 2020.
Kevin O’Connor. International Medal of Arts Winner Turns 90; Wolf Kahn shows his true colors. The Berkshire Eagle. June 20, 2017.
Wolf Kahn with David Kapp and Robert Berlind. The Brooklyn Rail. Art/In Conversation. May 2007..
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