New York City; Private estate, (Alpine New Jersey). Vossler was a well to do salesman who worked on 5th Ave in the early 20th century. According to a 1919 newspaper article he was employed at M. Welte & Sons on 5th Ave.While trained in New York and influenced by the New York school painters including Robert Henri And William Merritt Chase, Spencer later moved to New Hope Bucks County Pennsylvania where he became a leading figure in the Pennsylvania Impressionist School there. This painting looks to be probably a New Hope Bucks County Impressionist landscape with farm. It shows rolling fields of Farmland separated by an old wooden fence with a farmhouse and home off in the distance. The sky is bright with soft billowing clouds allowing a wonderful blanket of sunshine to cover the landscape below. The landscape gives way to rolling mountains in the distant.
Perhaps the Pocono Mountains around Bucks County. You can see the influences of both Henri and Chase in this painting.
This painting is one of the smaller Spencer paintings that we have found. Perhaps that explains why it is just signed Spencer in the bottom left-hand corner and not his full Robert Spencer which appears on most of his larger canvas paintings. Framed in an incredible gold gilded Newcomb Macklin Whistler reeded picture frame with original surface. Possibly original to the painting. Rabbet routed to fit this painting.
We are not experts on Robert Spencers paintings however this painting is strikingly similar to his work in this size and of the subject matter. Because this painting is only signed Spencer we sell it as a Pennsylvania impressionist landscape signed Spencer. Professionally cleaned by Yost Consevation in CT. (Conservation papers to be included in sale).Frame in excellent condition with only minimal wear/losses. Framed - 11 1/2 x 14 3/8. Board - 6 x 9. Attributed: Robert Spencer (1879 - 1931). Robert Spencer was born in 1879 in Nebraska, the son of a Swedenborgian minister. After studying medicine briefly, he decided to become an artist and moved to New York City, where he enrolled at the National Academy of Design.
Later he studied with William Merritt Chase and Robert Henri at the New York School of Art. He moved to New Hope, Bucks County in 1906, and studied privately with the well-known Bucks County painter Daniel Garber. It was at the home of painter William L. Lathrop that Spencer met his future wife, Margaret Fulton, herself an accomplished architect. For the next 25 years Spencer lived and worked in Bucks County, becoming one of the most prominent members of the Pennsylvania Impressionist art colony.
He suffered several nervous breakdowns in the 1920s, and in 1931 took his own life. Spencer became one of the most visible artists in the New York art world in the teens.
The celebrated collector Duncan Phillips then took an interest in Spencer's work, eventually purchasing eight of Spencer's canvases, currently housed in the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. The two men became friends, and Phillips appointed Spencer to the Committee on Scope and Plan of the new gallery then being created by Phillips. After Spencer's death, Phillips praised Spencer as a rebel always against the standardized and stereotyped in art. " Phillips believed that "there [was] no other painter, not John Sloan or Edward Hopper, more pungently American in expression. Spencer also has work in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Carnegie Institute, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Detroit Institute of the Arts.
In 1915, he won a gold medal at the prestigious Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco. Stylistically, Spencer differed radically from most of his Pennsylvania Impressionist colleagues. Probably influenced by Henri and the Ashcan School, Spencer made his reputation with skillful, evocative renderings of the everyday life of his community, often depicting the mills, tenements, and factories of New Hope and surrounding areas. "A landscape without a building or a figure, " he said, is a very lonely picture to me. Later Spencer painted more fanciful European scenes, many of which he did from his imagination, since he did not actually travel to Europe until 1925.
Spencer's painting "Mountebanks and Thieves" won a prize at the 1926 Carnegie International Exhibition in Pittsburgh, and juror Pierre Bonnard said, Mr. Is in the full vigor of his talent which is great. His art does not resemble European art, a rare fact in America. The item "C1920 Pennsylvania Impressionist Landscape Signed Spencer. Attr Robert Spencer" is in sale since Wednesday, February 27, 2019.
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