Lot 341
Edward Bruce (American, 1879-1943), Abbey of Santa Scolastico
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Oil on canvas, signed at lower left, circa 1925, presented in an attractive period frame.

Stretcher size 40 1/2 x 60 in.; Frame dimensions 50 x 60 3/4 in.

From the Collection of James H. Craig and Randy S. Johnson, Sarasota, Florida

ex. collection Ralph Pulitzer

Charlotte, North Carolina, Mint Museum Randolph, Personal Preferences: Paintings from the Jim Craig and Randy Johnson Collection, February 1 - June 3, 2007

Edward Bright Bruce left a successful law career at the age of 43 to become an artist. While working as a lobbyist for the Calamba Sugar Estate of San Francisco in Washington, D.C. he was appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to be director of the Public Works of Art Project.

Bruce was greatly influenced by the art he encountered while living in China and East Asia during his banking and law career. He built an important collection of early Chinese hand and hanging scrolls. In 1923, his collection was donated to Harvard's Fogg Art Museum and formed the core of its holdings in that area. His own paintings are in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

Stable craquelure; stretcher marks; small area of retouch to hill at far right visible under UV light; minor flaking to frame.

$3,000 - 5,000