Lot 219
Johann Berthelsen (American, 1883-1972), Central Park in Winter
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Oil on canvas, signed at lower left of center, inscribed and dated 1938 in pencil to verso, presented in a period frame with gallery plaque, retains museum exhibition label to verso.

Stretcher size 30 x 36 in.; Frame dimensions 34 1/2 x 40 in.

Property of Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, sold to support art collections care

The present work is a rare large format painting of Johann Berthelsen's highly coveted New York snow scenes. Dating to circa 1938, the painting captures a bustling scene of skaters on the Pond in Central Park. Visible in the distance are several iconic New York landmarks, Gapstow Bridge, the Savoy-Plaza Hotel (demolished in 1964), and the imposing towers of the Pierre and Sherry-Netherland hotels.

Craquelure primarily limited to sky, with several small associated paint flakes; no evidence of restoration visible under UV light.

$5,000 - 10,000