Lot Details & Additional Photographs
2oil on canvas, signed "F. H. McKay" at lower left, presented in gilt wooden frame with title on stretcher, the canvas with copyright warning on verso.
Sight Size 15-1/2 x 19-1/2 in.; Frame Dimensions 21-3/4 x 25 in.Private Collection, Charlotte, North Carolina
C. Hjalmar Amundsen, more commonly known as "Cappy," was born in New York City in 1911. He, along with Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, was one of the founders of the Washington Square Art Show in the early 1930s. While his contemporaries experimented with Abstract Expressionism, Cappy embraced the traditional realism of New England fishing villages, seascapes and other maritime scenes.
In order to avoid flooding the market with works under his name, Cappy invented numerous aliases including J. J. Enwright, André Picot, F. H. Mackay and William Ward Jr. In 2020, the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum presented a retrospective, "The Art and Aliases of 'Cappy' Amundsen."
Good estate condition.