Lot 500: William Henry Buck
December 3, 2016
New Orleans, LA, USALive Auction
Description: William Henry Buck (Norwegian/Louisiana, 1840-1888), "Fishermen in the Shade of the Live Oak Tree, Louisiana Bayou", oil on canvas, signed and inscribed "N.O." lower right, 16 in. x 22 in., framed. Note: The painting offered here is an exquisite example of a William Henry Buck Louisiana landscape painting. The composition is dominated by a large moss-laden oak tree, a hallmark of Bucks work, which is silhouetted against a cerulean blue sky which reflects on the water of the bayou in the left foreground. Two African-American figures are on the pier fishing. Buck uses fine detail and brushwork throughout the composition which is striking for its luminosity and effects of light and shadow.