Important American and European Paintings — June 12, 2012 Auction Results

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Lot 14

14: David Johnson (American, 1827-1908)
14: David Johnson (American, 1827-1908)
14: David Johnson (American, 1827-1908)
14: David Johnson (American, 1827-1908)

David Johnson (American, 1827-1908)

David Johnson (American, 1827-1908)

Sunset on the Unadilla River, New York,
1856
Signed and dated lower left, “”D Johnson 1856″”
Inscribed and titled on a label affixed to the frame
Oil on Canvas

Retains the original frame
19 x 28 1/8 inches

Other Notes: Johnson claimed to be self-taught, but records show he studied at the National Academy of Design, and with Hudson River artist Jasper Cropsey (a student of Frederic Edwin Church).

Johnson exhibited at the National Academy of Design regularly and became an associate in 1860 and a full academician the following year. His works also appeared in exhibitions at other major American art centers, including Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia, and Scenery on the Housatonic
was shown at the Paris Salon of 1877.

Johnson’s Sunset on the Unadilla River
from 1856 has the influence of Frederic Edwin Church in use of brilliant salmon colored ground in the sky, and meticulous detail in the foliage. This work is not only a classic painting of the Hudson River School, characteristic of the best of Johnson’s work, but has an engaging subtle narrative which leads the viewer through the landscape from the figure on the bridge to the homestead beyond.”

Estimate: $50,000-80,000

Price Realized: $167,400