December 5, 2021 14:00 EST

American Art and Pennsylvania Impressionists Featuring the Collection of Virginia and Stuart Peltz

 
  Lot 63
 

63

Kenneth R. Nunamaker (American, 1890–1957)
River Road at Centre Bridge

Signed 'K. NUNAMAKER' bottom left, oil on canvas
44 x 50 in. (111.8 x 127cm)
Executed in 1920.

Provenance

The Swan Hotel, Lambertville, New Jersey.
Plymouth Meeting Gallery, Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania.
Acquired directly from the above in 1989.
Collection of Virginia and Stuart Peltz, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Sold for $201,600
Estimated at $60,000 - $100,000


 

Signed 'K. NUNAMAKER' bottom left, oil on canvas
44 x 50 in. (111.8 x 127cm)
Executed in 1920.

Provenance

The Swan Hotel, Lambertville, New Jersey.
Plymouth Meeting Gallery, Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania.
Acquired directly from the above in 1989.
Collection of Virginia and Stuart Peltz, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Exhibited

"The Pennsylvania Impressionists: An American Tradition," Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 6–August 15, 1998; also Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, Tennessee, January–February 22, 1998; also Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, South Carolina, March 28–May 10, 1998 (traveling exhibition).

"The Painterly Voice: Bucks County's Fertile Ground," James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, October 22nd, 2011-April 1st, 2012.

Literature

Brian H. Peterson, Pennsylvania Impressionism, James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown and University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 2002, p. 180, no. 95 (illustrated, as River Road at Center [sic] Bridge).

Note

Nunamaker joined the New Hope School in 1918, well after its foundation. Foregoing his earlier career in advertising in the Midwest, Nunamaker moved east because he heard murmurings of the natural beauty of the Delaware River. As exemplified in the present work, Nunamaker's work was strongly influenced by Edward Redfield. In fact, the two artists lived and painted near each other in Centre Bridge, the famous British-sounding village depicted here. Although Redfield had very few students, he took Nunamaker under his wing, and taught him how to best capture the ever-changing effects of light, and suggest, through a vigorous and heavy impasto, the rugged beauty of the Pennsylvania countryside. The present work showcases how indebted Nunamaker was to his mentor, as we are presented with an impressively large atmospheric landscape, composed of a thickly layered impasto and a rich color palette made of deep oranges, browns and soft purples and greens - the embodiment of the luscious fall season itself.

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Kenneth Nunamaker