George Ames Aldrich, American (1872-1941).
“Winter Evening – Crecy en Brie – Seine et Marne – France”
Oil on artist board
Signed: G Ames Aldrich lr
Sight: 25 x 30 inches
Framed: 31×36 inches
In this scene, Aldrich was capturing the evening chill off the waters of the Tanneries River. The scene is in Crecy en Brie; a quiet outskirt of Paris. The snow has fallen and they are deep in winter. Aldrich captures the moon light off the water and snow capped rooftops to create a seldom and rare evening winter and snow painting. A elderly lady is making her way home to one of the houses with candle light showing through the windows. An exceptional Art Nouveau – Art Deco painting.
Condition is wonderful. The painting has been cleaned and a cribbing frame has been applied to the board to reinforce edges and prevent warping. Minimal in paint on some edges mostly under frame. Original frame from the 1920s in beautiful condition. Artist title, location and info on verso.
George Ames Aldrich was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. He studied art at the Art Students League, MIT, and in Paris at the Academie Julien, and Colarossi Academy. Aldrich became a successful and respected etcher and painter. His studies in architecture at MIT is reflected in the buildings and houses in many of his landscapes paintings.
Aldrich painted extensively in Europe early on in his career and in later visits. In 1918, Aldrich arrived in Chicago and became involved with the South Bend, IN art scene during the 1920s. Aldrich travelled and painted widely in the 1920s, going both West to the Great Plains and east to various New England coastal locales.
Aldrich exhibited regularly at the Art Institute of Chicago, and was a member of the Chicago Galleries Association, the Hoosier Salon, and the Chicago Society of Painters and Sculptors. Both in Indiana and in Chicago, Aldrich’s reputation was at its height in the late 1920s and early 1930s. He won a host of awards at the Hoosier Salon, the Art Institute, and the Chicago Galleries Association, where he was featured in a solo show in 1927. The following year, the City of Chicago purchased one of his large Gloucester, Massachusetts, harbour scenes for its municipal art collection.
George Ames Aldrich’s work is represented in many museums throughout the world, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Purdue University, the Musee de Rouen, France, as well as the Union League of Chicago and the War Mothers Building in Washington, DC.