Lot 38: John William Casilear (1811 - 1893)
November 12, 2016
Sarasota, FL, USALive Auction
Description: John William Casilear (1811 - 1893) Hudson River Watercolor. Initialed lower right. Sight Size: 6.25 x 9.5 in. Overall Size: 16 x 19.25 in. This item is framed behind glass. Casilear exhibited beginning 1833 at the National Academy of Design*. From 1840 to 1843, he traveled in Europe with Durand, John Kensett and Thomas Rossiter, but for most of his life, he worked either out of his studio in New York City or in upstate New York or in Vermont, where he spent many summers. From 1854, he devoted himself to landscape painting and was a leader among the Hudson River School Luminist painters who focused on special effects of air, light, and mood. Views of Lake George were his most frequent subjects. He was elected an Academician of the National Academy in 1851, and his work is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.