19th Century Framed Oil Painting on Canvas by Xavier Wurth (1869-1933)

2105-2113 (Click to Inquire About This Item)

47H x 36.5W x 5D

Location: Dallas


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19th Century Framed Oil Painting on Canvas by Xavier Wurth (1869-1933) is an unusual example of the artist's work, being a vertically oriented landscape of a lowlands pastoral scene.  The water in the composition occupies the entire lower portion of the canvas, with reflections of the wintry sky and trees rippling on the surface.  Wurth has used a broad range of grays to produce the effect, with just the hint of greenery indicating the final days of Autumn.  Survives in its intricately detailed gilded frame that is a work of art unto itself!
During his extensive career, Wurth excelled in all areas: portraits, seascapes, and still lifes, although those types are less well known than his landscapes of the Ardennes which made his reputation.  Wurth commonly depicted clouds and light with the accompanying luminosity creating a powerful presence on the canvas.  His production of oils, watercolors, and drawings was very important in the Liège region, where a Wurth was hung on the wall of all the bourgeois houses.  From 1889 to 1893, Xavier Wurth was a pupil of Adrien de Witte and Évariste Carpentier at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Liège. He exhibited many times and won the Prix de Rome. Friend of Richard Heintz, Auguste Donnay and Albert Sirtaine, he gave a particularly delicate shine to the Ardennes landscapes. About ten works can be found at the Museum of Walloon Art. He was also professor of drawing at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Liège from 1921 to 1932.
Circa 1890
Measures 47H x 36.5W x 5D

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