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Painter, Porträtmaler, Landscape painter, Wall painter, b. 1861 - d. 1936

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    • Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) East River, 1899
      Feb. 21, 2024

      Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) East River, 1899

      Est: $30,000 - $50,000

      Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) East River, 1899 oil on canvas signed T.E. Butler (lower right) 39 1/2 x 29 1/2 inches. This painting will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné being compiled by Patrick Bertrand. Provenance: Estate of the Artist Jimmy Butler, the Artist's son Spanierman Gallery, New York Maxwell Galleries, San Francisco Mr. J. Greenzaid, Washington, DC, by 1982 By descent through the family McCarty Gallery, Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania Debra Force Fine Art, New York Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2015 Exhibited: (possibly) New York, Durand-Ruel Galleries, March 1900 San Francisco, California, Maxwell Galleries, Theodore Earl Butler: American Impressionist, June 16 - July 15, 1972, p. 13, illus. Memphis, Tennessee, The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, An International Episode: Millet, Monet, and their North American Counterparts, November 21 - December 23, 1982, no. 68, p. 202, illus. (also traveled to Evanston, Illinois, Terra Museum of American Art, January 8 - February 13, 1983 and Worcester, Massachusetts, Worcester Art Museum, March 3 - April 30, 1983) New York, Debra Force Fine Art, Ocean, Rivers, and Pools, Fall 2015 Literature: William H. Gerdts, Impressionist New York, New York, 1994, no. 123, p. 156, illus. In the fall of 1899, Theodore Butler left France for New York with his children, Lilly and Jimmy, and his sister-in-law, Marthe Hoschedé. His wife, Suzanne Hoschedé, who was also Claude Monet’s stepdaughter, had died earlier the same year. Butler had settled in Giverny in the 1880s along with other American expatriate artists who were drawn by Monet’s influence, but he left for the United States to be closer to his family after Suzanne’s death. The drastic change between the bucolic landscape of Giverny and the dramatic hustle and bustle of New York clearly inspired the artist. Butler lived in New York before leaving for Europe, and the city changed greatly in the intervening time. He was only to stay for six months, but during that time he produced some of his most acclaimed artworks, including East River, 1899. In the present painting, Butler depicts a southwest view of the lower Manhattan skyline, possibly from the Brooklyn Bridge or Fulton Street Ferry Landing. The tall building in the center of the composition is most likely the American Surety Building (1896, extant) with the steeple of Trinity Church (1839-46, extant) immediately to the left. Other identifiable buildings include the Commercial Cable Building (1897-1950s) and Manhattan Life Insurance Building (1894-circa 1964). On the far left is the St. Paul Building (1898-1958), with the American Tract Society Building (1894-96, extant) on the right side of the composition. Although composed of iridescent blues, pinks, and purples that masterfully convey the cold, moist air, East River also shows the harbor as a busy center of industry. The lower half of the large canvas depicts a lone sailing ship and numerous tugboats and ferries steamboats coming in and out of the docks of the East River, with the cityscape towering above. The line of steamboats divides the composition in half, with their rolling smoke clouds floating up to soften the angular grid of the Manhattan skyscrapers. Butler used a variety of brushwork, with smoother strokes for the water, smoke, and clouds, and stronger, diagonal strokes for the ships, harbor, and skyline. The effect dissolves all shapes in space uniformly, creating a filmy, chromatic atmosphere that shimmers and flickers across the luminous canvas. It offers the viewer an incredible rendering of the East River, a poetic homage to its industrialization. East River was possibly included in a March 1900 exhibition at the New York location of Galerie Durand-Ruel, along with works by the artist's father-in-law, Monet. Three paintings in the exhibition were titled East River and at least one bore the title Brooklyn Bridge. These views of New York were done in Butler’s particular combination of impressionist colors and brushwork with post-impressionist abstract, flattened forms and patterning. More accustomed to Monet’s brand of impressionism, critics’ responses to Butler’s work were mixed. However, the uniqueness of his imagery did not go unnoticed. In a letter to his friend, the artist Philip Leslie Hale, Butler stated that “Papa Durand-Ruel bought one of my New York pictures. That sounds quite simple but means a lot to me.” Likewise, a critic of the International Studio emphasized that the artist “goes to the extreme of vividness” and shows an “intensely penetrating vision” (“American Studio Talk,” International Studio, 10, no. 37 (March 1900), p. IV). In the present work, Butler captures the classic essence of New York, a city that restlessly vibrates with life.

      Hindman
    • Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) Coucher de soleil à Veules-les-Roses, 1909
      Feb. 21, 2024

      Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) Coucher de soleil à Veules-les-Roses, 1909

      Est: $20,000 - $30,000

      Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) Coucher de soleil à Veules-les-Roses, 1909 oil on canvas signed T.E. Butler and dated (lower right) 31 1/2 x 31 1/2 inches. This painting will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné being compiled by Patrick Bertrand. Provenance: The Artist Jimmy Butler, the Artist's son Private Collection, by descent Sold: Hôtel des ventes de Monte-Carlo, Nice, France, July 18, 2012, Lot 10 Richard Green, London Exhibited: Paris, Bernheim Jeune & Co., December 13 - 18, 1909 (eight paintings exhibited bearing the same title, nos. 30-37) The present painting by Theodore Earl Butler depicts a luminous sunset over the beach of Veules-les-Roses, a small commune in the Seine-Maritime department in the Normandy region in northern France. Long meaningful to Butler, paintings of the region allowed a unique opportunity to examine his artistic development as he entered his post-impressionist period. Veules-les-Roses was a charming coastal village that held significant allure for artists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries due to its picturesque landscapes and quaint seaside settings. It was during this time that numerous artists, including Claude Monet, discovered the serene beauty of this coastal gem and immortalized its essence on canvas. However, before 1900, most of Butler’s landscapes depict the region surrounding Giverny, a picturesque town northwest of Paris. An American artist hailing from Columbus, Ohio, Butler first journeyed to Giverny in 1888 to join the American impressionist community that had settled in the village to be within Claude Monet’s orbit. While there, Butler met Suzanne Hoschedé, Monet’s stepdaughter, who he would marry in 1892. Suzanne unfortunately died of a lingering illness in 1899, leaving behind Theodore and their two children, Jimmy, and Lilly. After a brief visit to America, the artist returned to France with his children and began to look beyond the rolling fields and bucolic gardens of Giverny for new inspiration. Butler first visited the coast of Normandy in the summer of 1904. He traveled there with fellow artist Philip Leslie Hale and his family to Quiberville, a small resort village along the northern French coast. Butler continued to make annual summer visits to the area with his family to paint scenes of the seashore and its environs, often renting a house in Veules-les-Roses with Guy Rose, an American painter, and his wife Ethel. He would continue to explore the region, visiting multiple locations in the summer of 1906, including Tréport, Dieppe, Trépied, Honfleur, as well as Veules-les-Roses, the location of the present canvas. In many of the artworks that he produced along the Normandy coast, Butler took advantage of the effects of sunlight and atmosphere and used color as he saw fit to better express himself dynamically. At Veules-les-Roses, the artist spent time at the Chalet Rouge, where he created a series of paintings capturing the essence of the area’s landscapes. The Chalet Rouge, with its elevated vantage point, offered a stunning view of the coastline and it was from here that Butler executed Coucher de soleil à Veules-les-Roses, 1909. In the painting, the flags that circle the beach cabin are stirred by the wind and introduce a lively aspect to the scene. Their movement against the backdrop of the sunset generates a striking visual contrast that encapsulates a fleeting moment where nature’s forces converge and interact. The sparkling sea, which dominates much of the composition, is depicted with energetic, yet elegantly discrete brushstrokes of green, yellow, and pink laid against a wash of blues and purples. Despite the square format of the painting, a verticality is created by the glowing pink sun set high in the upper register of the sky. Its rays cast a golden path through the center of the water to the small patch of beach along the lower edge. Staccato white paint strokes abstractly indicate the waves as they break along the sandy shore. With its energy-charged brushwork, vivid and highly saturated color, and boldly executed composition, Coucher de soleil à Veules-les-Roses stands as an exemplary illustration of Butler’s best post-impressionist work.

      Hindman
    • Attributed to: Theodore earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) sunset and poplar trees, oil on board, signed lower right, board size 12 x 16 inches, overall frame 20 1/2 x 24 3/4 inches
      Feb. 20, 2024

      Attributed to: Theodore earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) sunset and poplar trees, oil on board, signed lower right, board size 12 x 16 inches, overall frame 20 1/2 x 24 3/4 inches

      Est: $1,000 - $3,000

      Attributed to: Theodore earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) sunset and poplar trees, oil on board, signed lower right, board size 12 x 16 inches, overall frame 20 1/2 x 24 3/4 inches

      Bill Hood & Sons Arts & Antiques Auctions
    • THEODORE EARL BUTLER (Columbus, Ohio, 1861-1936). "Easter Egg Hunt at the White House (Washington)", 1911. Oil on canvas glued to board. Signed and dated in the lower right corner.
      Nov. 29, 2023

      THEODORE EARL BUTLER (Columbus, Ohio, 1861-1936). "Easter Egg Hunt at the White House (Washington)", 1911. Oil on canvas glued to board. Signed and dated in the lower right corner.

      Est: €22,000 - €24,000

      THEODORE EARL BUTLER ( Columbus, Ohio, 1861- 1936). "Easter Egg Hunt at the White House (Washington)", 1911. Oil on canvas pasted to board. Signed and dated in the lower right corner. Size: 60 x 50 cm; 79 x 69 cm (frame). After his first marriage and the birth of his children, Butler concentrated especially on domestic subjects, painted indoors or in his garden. Butler's brushwork displays qualities that align him with the work of Paul Gauguin and the Nabi artists. In his later work, Butler experimented further with Fauve principles, painting landscapes in Giverny and on the Normandy coast, and sometimes applying colour directly from the tube to the decorative ends. Theodore Earl Butler) was an American Impressionist painter, who moved to Paris to study art. He befriended Claude Monet in Giverny and married his stepdaughter, Suzanne Hoschedé. After her death, he married her sister, Marthe Hoschedé. Butler was a founding member of the Society of Independent Artists. Butler's chosen subjects were domestic scenes of family and friends and the French landscape. Although his Impressionist approach to painting sometimes reflects the influence of his father-in-law, his work also suggests Post-Impressionist tendencies. Butler studied at Marietta College in Ohio and graduated in 1882. He studied at the Art Students League with James Carroll Beckwith, Kenyon Cox and J. Alden Weir, and with William Merritt Chase from 1884 to 1886. In Paris, Butler enrolled at La Grande-Chaumière, the Académie Colarossi and the Académie Julian. Butler studied with Emile Carolus Duran. Carolus opened an art studio in 1873 on the Boulevard Montparnasse, called "81". Carolus, who was also known to have given free private lessons to some painters, introduced his pupils to the work of Claude Monet. Monet had moved to Giverny on 29 April 1883. Butler received an honourable mention in 1888 at the Paris Salon for a painting entitled "La Veuve" (The Widow). Besides him, other American painters who spent time at Giverny were John Leslie Breck, Frederick Carl Frieseke, Edmund Greacen, Philip Leslie Hale, Willard Metcalf, Lilla Cabot Perry, Theodore Robinson and Guy Rose. An exhibition of foreign artists, including Butler, Meteyard, Fox, Dice, Dice, Stasburg and Dawson Watson, was held from 31 January 1892 to February 1892. Butler became a key figure and a link between the American colony and Claude Monet. Butler developed his own Impressionist style with clear palettes and loose brushstrokes, reminiscent of the works of Édouard Vuillard and Pierre Bonnard. From his garden he painted landscapes showing the church of Giverny, the Demoiselles (small haystacks) and the barns. He held several solo exhibitions in New York. In 1900 he exhibited at the Paul Durand-Ruel gallery in New York. In 1914, the Butler family moved to New York when Butler was commissioned to paint mural panels for William Paine's house. He contributed two paintings to the 1913 Armory Show in New York, Marine and Fourteenth of July, Paris. With his friend John Sloan he founded the Society of Independent Artists and served on its board from 1918 to 1921. The outbreak of World War I prevented Butler from returning to Giverny until 1921. In the meantime, Butler became involved with the American Red Cross and raised funds with Marthe Hoschedé.

      Setdart Auction House
    • Theodore Butler (attrib.), oil on canvas, 1909
      Nov. 16, 2023

      Theodore Butler (attrib.), oil on canvas, 1909

      Est: $500 - $700

      Attributed to Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936), American Autumn Landscape, signed lower right, inscribed with artist, date, title, and "Gift to James Sword" verso stretcher, 12"h x 18"w (stretchers), 15"h x 21"w (frame)

      Millea Bros Ltd
    • Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) Oil On Canvas, 1904, "The Train", H 22.25" W 28.25"
      Sep. 15, 2023

      Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) Oil On Canvas, 1904, "The Train", H 22.25" W 28.25"

      Est: $12,000 - $18,000

      Signed and dated lower left. Exhibition History: Spanierman Gallery, New York, New York, Masters of American Impressionism: May 8 - June 28, 1991; Spanierman Gallery, New York, New York, American Painters in Giverny 1885-1920, October 15 - December 15, 1993; Nassau County Musuem of Art: Normandy and its Artists Remembered, A 50th Anniversary of the Invasion, June 12 - September 11, 1994. Frame Measurements H 33" W 38" Provenance: From a Prominent Collector, Provencal Road, Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan

      DuMouchelles
    • THEODORE EARL BUTLER
      Jun. 23, 2023

      THEODORE EARL BUTLER

      Est: CHF10,000 - CHF15,000

      THEODORE EARL BUTLER (Columbus 1861–1936 Giverny) Suzanne au coucher. Circa 1893. Oil on canvas. With the estate stamp on the reverse: T.E. Butler. 50 × 61 cm. We would like to thank Patrick Bertrand for confirming the authenticity of the work, April 2023. It is registered in the archives. Provenance: - Estate of the artist. - J.M. Toulgouat (artist's grandson), by descent. - Auction Kohn, Paris, 17.12.1997, lot 1. - Swiss private collection, acquired at the above auction. The illustrated woman and child are the artist's wife Suzanne and their son Jimmy at their home in Giverny. --------------- THEODORE EARL BUTLER (Columbus 1861–1936 Giverny) Suzanne au coucher. Um 1893. Öl auf Leinwand. Verso mit dem Nachlassstempel: T.E. Butler. 50 × 61 cm. Wir danken Patrick Bertrand für die Bestätigung der Authentizität des Werks, April 2023. Es ist im Archiv registriert. Provenienz: - Nachlass des Künstlers. - Jean Marie Toulgouat (Enkel des Künstlers), durch Erbschaft erhalten. - Auktion Kohn, Paris, 17.12.1997, Los 1. - Schweizer Privatbesitz, an obiger Auktion erworben. Bei der dargestellten Frau und dem Kind handelt es sich um des Künstlers Ehefrau Suzanne und ihren Sohn Jimmy im Haus in Giverny. ---------------

      Koller Auctions
    • THÉODORE EARL BUTLER (1861-1936)
      Jun. 06, 2023

      THÉODORE EARL BUTLER (1861-1936)

      Est: €12,000 - €18,000

      THÉODORE EARL BUTLER (1861-1936) VILLAGE DE GIVERNY, 1904 Huile sur toile Signée et datée '04' en bas à droite Oil on canvas; signed and dated '04' lower right 65 X 81 CM • 25 5/8 X 31 7/8 IN.

      Tajan
    • Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) East River, 1900
      May. 19, 2023

      Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) East River, 1900

      Est: $30,000 - $50,000

      Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) East River, 1900 oil on canvas signed T.E. Butler and dated (lower right) 30 x 40 inches. This lot will be included in Patrick Bertrand's forthcoming catalogue raisonne of the work of Theodore Earl Butler. We are grateful for his assistance cataloging this lot. Provenance: Estate of the Artist James Butler, son of the Artist Spanierman Galleries, New York R.H. Love Galleries, Chicago Purchased from the above by the present owner Exhibited: (possibly) New York, Durand-Ruel Gallery, March 1900 San Francisco, Maxwell Galleries, Theodore Butler: American Impressionist, June 16 - July 17, 1972, no. 734, illus. Chicago, R.H. Love Galleries, Theodore E. Butler: Emergence from Monet's Shadow, 1984 - 1986; 1996 (and traveling), pp. 211; 428, pl. 46, illus. Chicago, R.H. Love Galleries, Theodore E. Butler: An American Impressionist, December 16, 2000 - January 31, 2001 Literature: (possibly) "The Week in Art," The New York Times, March 10, 1900, vol. XLIX, p. 155, no. 15, 653 Lot note: In the fall of 1899, Theodore Butler left France for New York with his children, Lilly and Jimmy, and his sister-in-law, Marthe. His wife, Suzanne Hoschede and Claude Monet's stepdaughter, had died earlier the same year. Butler had settled in Giverny in the 1880s but left for the United States to be closer to his family after his wife's death. The drastic change between the bucolic landscape of Giverny and the dramatic hustle and bustle of New York clearly inspired the artist. Butler had lived in New York previous to leaving for Europe and the city had changed greatly in the intervening time. He was only to stay for six months, but during that time he produced some of his most acclaimed artworks, including East River. Composed of iridescent blues, pinks, and purples, East River masterfully conveys the cold, moist air of a New York winter. The lower half of the large canvas depicts a ship and barge in the East River, with the shore and cityscape above. Rolling clouds from the boats' smokestacks divides the composition in half and make the vertical skyscrapers seem to float above the shoreline. Butler used a variety of brushwork, with smoother strokes for the water, smoke, and clouds, and stronger, diagonal strokes for the ships, harbor, and skyline. The effect dissolves all shapes in space uniformly, creating a filmy, chromatic atmosphere that shimmers and flickers across the luminous canvas. It offers the viewer an incredible rendering of the East River, a poetic homage to its industrialization. East River was likely included in a March 1900 exhibition at the New York location of Galerie Durand-Ruel, along with works by Butler's father-in-law Monet. Three paintings in the exhibition were titled East River and at least one bore the title Brooklyn Bridge. These views of New York were done in Butler's particular combination of impressionist colors and brushwork with postimpressionist abstract, flattened forms and patterning. More accustomed to Monet's brand of impressionism, critics' responses to Butler's work were mixed. However, the uniqueness of his imagery did not go unnoticed. In a letter to his friend, the artist Philip Leslie Hale, Butler stated that "Papa Durand-Ruel bought one of my New York pictures. That sounds quite simple but means a lot to me." Likewise, a critic of the International Studio emphasized that the artist "goes to the extreme of vividness" and shows an "intensely penetrating vision" ("American Studio Talk," International Studio, 10, no. 37 (March 1900), p. IV). In the present work, Butler captures the classic essence of New York, a city that restlessly vibrates with life, even in its still moments.

      Hindman
    • THEODORE EARL BUTLER (AMERICAN / FRENCH, 1861-1936) Le Tréport Fireworks oi
      Apr. 19, 2023

      THEODORE EARL BUTLER (AMERICAN / FRENCH, 1861-1936) Le Tréport Fireworks oi

      Est: $10,000 - $15,000

      THEODORE EARL BUTLER (AMERICAN / FRENCH, 1861-1936) Le Tréport Fireworks oil on canvas laid down on board 19 1/2 x 25 3/8 in. (49.5 x 64.4 cm.), oval

      Christie's
    • Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) Lilly Butler (Artist's Daughter
      Feb. 04, 2023

      Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) Lilly Butler (Artist's Daughter

      Est: $50,000 - $70,000

      Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) Lilly Butler (Artist's Daughter, Step-Granddaughter of Claude Monet), 1896 Medium: Oil on canvas Size: 39 x 31.5 in. (99.1 x 80 cm.) Signed and dated lower left: TE Butler 96 Provenance: The artist; Estate of the above; Richard H. Love Gallery, Chicago, Illinois; Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York; Private collection, Florida. This painting will be included in Patrick Bertrand's forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the work of Theodore Earl Butler. 39 x 31.5 in. (99.1 x 80 cm.)

      Collector Fine Art Auctions
    • THEODORE BUTLER (AMERICAN 1861-1936)
      Dec. 16, 2022

      THEODORE BUTLER (AMERICAN 1861-1936)

      Est: $20,000 - $30,000

      THEODORE BUTLER (AMERICAN 1861-1936) Interior After Dinner , 1911 oil on canvas 115 x 115 cm (45 1/4 x 45 1/4 in.) framed dimensions: 130 x 130 cm (51 1/8 x 51 1/8 in.) signed and dated lower right PROVENANCE Christie's, New York's, June 24, 2000, lot 161 Acquired by the present owner EXHIBITED Youngstown, Ohio, Butler Institute of American Art, Impressionism: An American View, February-July 1983, (and traveling). 

      Shapiro Auctions LLC
    • Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) Sailboats, Upper Bay, New York, 1917
      Dec. 07, 2022

      Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) Sailboats, Upper Bay, New York, 1917

      Est: $30,000 - $50,000

      Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) Sailboats, Upper Bay, New York, 1917 oil on canvas signed T.E. Butler and dated (lower right) 32 x 39 3/4 inches. Property from a Florida Collection This painting will be included in Patrick Bertrand's forthcoming catalogue raisonne of the work of Theodore Earl Butler. We are grateful for his assistance cataloging this lot. Provenance: Estate of the Artist Jean Marie Toulgouat, the Artist's grandson Art Giverny, Oakland, California Purchased from the above by the present owner, 1994 Exhibited: (probably) Schwartz Gallery, New York, February 21 - March 21, 1921 Lot note: Composed of shifting blues, greens, and pinks, Sailboats, Upper Bay, New York, 1917, masterfully conveys the kinetic quality of water juxtaposed against a fog-filled New York City. Rather than focusing his attention on the mass of skyscrapers on the southern tip of Manhattan, Theodore Earl Butler concentrated on the combined effects of water, reflection, light, and color playing off the white-tipped waves that appear to splash dynamically around the detailed three-masted ships in the foreground. The artist used a variety of brushwork, with smoother strokes for the sky, haze, and tall buildings that act as a foil to the strong, curving strokes used for the flickering water and clear lines of the ships. The effect dissolves all shapes in space uniformly, creating a filmy, chromatic atmosphere that shimmers and flickers across the luminous canvas. A very similar composition, also titled Sailboats, Upper Bay (location unknown), was executed by the artist the same year. Butler had previously depicted the New York Harbor in other artworks, when he returned to the United States in 1900 after the death of his wife, Suzanne Hoschede in 1899. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, the artist moved to Paris in 1885 to study. In 1888, he accompanied his friend and fellow artist Theodore Robinson to Giverny to join the community of American Impressionists who lived in the area to near Claude Monet. Under the influence of one of the original impressionists, Butler began to paint garden scenes and studies of figures posed outdoors, using loose strokes with a brightly colored palette. It was also through Monet that Butler was introduced to Suzanne, the older artist's stepdaughter and favorite model. Butler also met Blanche Hoschede, Suzanne's sister, who painted Jardin en fleurs (Les rosiers) (Lot 15), also included in the present sale and which comes from the same collection. The drastic change between the bucolic landscape of Giverny and the dramatic hustle and bustle of New York clearly inspired the artist. He had lived in New York before moving to Europe and the city had changed greatly in the intervening time. Butler was only to stay for six months, but during that time he produced some of his most acclaimed artworks. Like these earlier views of New York, the present work is done in Butler's particular combination of impressionist colors and brushwork with postimpressionist abstract, flattened forms and patterning. The uniqueness of his imagery did not go unnoticed. An article published in the New York Times, March 21, 1921, mentioned the city subjects painted by the artist, "€¦the latter carrying the honors. It would be hard to find a more beautiful views of the city in the warm afternoon light."

      Hindman
    • Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) Port du Treport, Normandy, c. 1906
      Dec. 07, 2022

      Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) Port du Treport, Normandy, c. 1906

      Est: $30,000 - $50,000

      Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) Port du Treport, Normandy, c. 1906 oil on canvas signed T.E. Butler (lower right) 25 3/4 x 31 1/2 inches. Property from a Florida Collection This painting will be included in Patrick Bertrand's forthcoming catalogue raisonne of the work of Theodore Earl Butler. We are grateful for his assistance cataloging this lot and for identifying the correct location. Provenance: Estate of the Artist James P. Butler, the Artist's son Spanierman Gallery, New York Maxwell Galleries, San Francisco, California (label verso, titled as Honfleur) R.H. Love Galleries, Chicago (titled as Honfleur and dated 1907) Purchased from the above by the present owner, July 13, 1994 Literature: Sally Gross, The Life and Art of Theodore Earl Butler, unpublished M.A. thesis, Bryn Mawr College, 1982 (titled as Honfleur) Richard H. Love, Emergence from Monet's Shadow, Chicago, 1985, p. 287, illus. 26-3 (titled as Honfleur) Lot note: Formerly identified as a depiction of Honfleur, the present painting in fact shows the Normandy town of Treport, with the distinctive tower of the Saint-Jacques church in the foreground. Port du Treport, Normandy, c. 1906, is a bird's eye view of the entrance to the port and its pier stretching out into the English Channel. Theodore Earl Butler first visited the coast of Normandy in the summer of 1904, when he traveled with fellow artist Philip Leslie Hale and his family to Quiberville, a small resort village along the northern French coast. Butler continued to make annual summer visits to the area with his family to paint scenes of the seashore and its environs. Prior to 1900, the majority of Butler's landscapes depict the region surrounding Giverny. An American artist hailing from Columbus, Ohio, he first journeyed in 1888 to Giverny to join the American Impressionist community that had settled in the village to be within Claude Monet's orbit. While there, Butler eventually met and married in 1892 Suzanne Hoschede, Monet's stepdaughter. While in Giverny, the artist also met Blanche Hoschede, Suzanne's sister, who painted Jardin en fleurs (Les rosiers) (Lot 15), also included in the present sale and which comes from the same collection. Suzanne unfortunately died of a lingering illness in 1899, leaving behind Theodore and their two children, James and Lili. After a brief visit to America, the artist returned to France with his children and began to look beyond the rolling fields and bucolic gardens of Giverny for new inspiration. During the summer of 1906 alone, Butler visited multiple locations along the Normandy coast, including Dieppe, Veules-les-Roses, Trepied, Honfleur, as well as Treport, the location of the present canvas. In many of the artworks that he produced along the Normandy coast, Butler took advantage of the effects of sunlight and atmosphere and used color as he saw fit to better express himself dynamically. Port du Treport is one such example. Here, the artist has filled the foreground of his composition with shoreline buildings along the port and diffused their masses with bright, high-key tones. The use of energetic, yet elegantly discrete brushwork, causes the pictorial elements and surrounding space to seemingly dissolve into each other. With its energy-charged brushwork, vivid and highly saturated color, and boldly executed composition, Port du Treport stands as an exemplary illustration of Butler's best post-impressionist work.

      Hindman
    • Theodore Earl Butler, (1861-1936), "Poplar Trees Along the Epte," 1908, Oil on canvas, 28.75" H x 23.5" W
      Nov. 15, 2022

      Theodore Earl Butler, (1861-1936), "Poplar Trees Along the Epte," 1908, Oil on canvas, 28.75" H x 23.5" W

      Est: $20,000 - $30,000

      Theodore Earl Butler (1861-1936) "Poplar Trees Along the Epte," 1908 Oil on canvas Signed and dated lower left: T.E. Butler 28.75" H x 23.5" W Provenance: Hollis Taggert Galleries, New York, NY Private Collection, Santa Barbara, CA, aquired from the above

      John Moran Auctioneers
    • Theodore Earl Butler American, 1861-1936 Lili and Jim at the Table, circa 1908
      Nov. 09, 2022

      Theodore Earl Butler American, 1861-1936 Lili and Jim at the Table, circa 1908

      Est: $5,000 - $8,000

      Theodore Earl Butler American, 1861-1936 Lili and Jim at the Table, circa 1908 Oil on canvas 23 5/8 x 28 3/4 inches (60 x 73 cm) Unframed Provenance: The artist, thence by descent in the artist's family C 

      Doyle New York
    • Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) Johnny in Claude Monet's Garden, Give
      Nov. 04, 2022

      Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) Johnny in Claude Monet's Garden, Give

      Est: $6,000 - $8,000

      Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) Johnny in Claude Monet's Garden, Giverny, circa spring 1929 Oil on canvas 32 x 32 inches (81.3 x 81.3 cm) Estate stamp lower left PROVENANCE: The artist; Lilly Butler the artist's daughter, by descent from the above; Jean Marie Toulgouat the artist's grandson, by descent from the above. Claude Monet and the artists' colony at Giverny helped transform Ohio native Theodore Butler into a premiere Post-Impressionist painter. He studied at the Art Students League in New York and at the Académies Julian and Colarossi in Paris before traveling to Giverny in 1888. At Giverny, Butler crafted his own style, combining Impressionist color and brushwork with Post-Impressionist abstracted, flattened forms and an emphasis on patterning. Butler married Monet's step-daughter Suzanne Hoschedé and, after her death, her sister, Marthe Hoschedé. Johnny in Claude Monet's Garden, Giverny is a playful depiction of Butler's grandson Jean Marie Toulgouat, also known as Johnny. Here, the viewer is looking through a portal into the idyllic garden of Claude Monet. Little Johnny engages with the viewer by returning the gaze as if to invite us into this world of youth, innocence, and joy. A symbol of purity, enlightenment, and innocence, the white horse motif is repeated throughout the composition, encapsulating Johnny and Monet's Garden in a bubble of purity and perfection. This work will be included in Patrick Bertrand's forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the work of Theodore Earl Butler. HID01801242017

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    • Theodore Earl Butler (1861-1936) Valley of the Seine, Giverny 45 3/4 x 46 3/4 in. (116.2 x 116.2 cm.) (Painted in 1912.)
      May. 26, 2022

      Theodore Earl Butler (1861-1936) Valley of the Seine, Giverny 45 3/4 x 46 3/4 in. (116.2 x 116.2 cm.) (Painted in 1912.)

      Est: $60,000 - $80,000

      Theodore Earl Butler (1861-1936) Valley of the Seine, Giverny signed 'T.E. Butler.' (lower right) oil on canvas 45 3/4 x 46 3/4 in. (116.2 x 116.2 cm.) Painted in 1912. For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

      Bonhams
    • Theodore Earl Butler American, 1861-1936 Lili and Jim at the Table, circa 1908
      May. 11, 2022

      Theodore Earl Butler American, 1861-1936 Lili and Jim at the Table, circa 1908

      Est: $8,000 - $12,000

      Theodore Earl Butler American, 1861-1936 Lili and Jim at the Table, circa 1908 Oil on canvas 23 5/8 x 28 3/4 inches (60 x 73 cm) Unframed Provenance: The artist, thence by descent in the artist's family C 

      Doyle New York
    • Theodore Earl Butler American, 1861-1936 Giverny Landscape, 1901
      May. 11, 2022

      Theodore Earl Butler American, 1861-1936 Giverny Landscape, 1901

      Est: $20,000 - $40,000

      Theodore Earl Butler American, 1861-1936 Giverny Landscape, 1901 Signed T. E. Butler and dated '01 (lr) Oil on canvas 23 1/2 x 31 7/8 inches (59.7 x 81 cm) Provenance: Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York C 

      Doyle New York
    • Theodore Earl Butler, (American, 1861-1936), Lili Reading, 1909, oil on canvas, 29" x 23 1/2"
      Mar. 02, 2022

      Theodore Earl Butler, (American, 1861-1936), Lili Reading, 1909, oil on canvas, 29" x 23 1/2"

      Est: $8,000 - $12,000

      Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) Lili Reading, 1909 oil on canvas signed and dated lower left 29" x 23 1/2" Provenance: Campanile Galleries, Chicago, Illinois (label verso) R.H. Love Galleries, Inc., Chicago, Illinois (label verso) The Marshall Collection, Peoria, Illinois Exhibitions: Ladies in the Home and Garden: A Glimpse at Women Indoors & Out by American Artists 1850-1925, R.H. Love Galleries, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, 14 November 1992 through 15 January 1993 Art in Embassies Program, Prague, Czech Republic, 1995 The Genteel Tradition in American Painting, Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach, Florida, 15 January 1999 through 21 March 1999 Impressionism into Modernism: A Paradigm Shift in American Art, Peoria Riverfront Museum, Peoria, Illinois, 27 September 2014 through 11 January 2015

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    • Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) East River, 1900
      Dec. 13, 2021

      Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) East River, 1900

      Est: $60,000 - $80,000

      Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) East River, 1900 oil on canvas signed T.E. Butler and dated (lower right) 30 x 40 inches. This painting will be included in Patrick Bertrand's forthcoming catalogue raisonne of the work of Theodore Earl Butler. We are grateful for his assistance cataloging this lot. Provenance: Estate of the Artist James Butler, son of the Artist Spanierman Galleries, New York R.H. Love Galleries, Chicago Acquired directly from the above by the present owner Exhibited: New York, Durand-Ruel Gallery, March 1900 (possibly) San Francisco, Maxwell Galleries, Theodore Butler: American Impressionist, June 16 - July 17, 1972, no. 734, illus. Chicago, R.H. Love Galleries, Theodore E. Butler: Emergence from Monet's Shadow, 1984 - 1986; 1996 (and traveling), pl. 46, pp. 211; 428, illus. Chicago, R.H. Love Galleries, Theodore E. Butler: An American Impressionist, December 16, 2000 - January 31, 2001 Literature: "The Week in Art," The New York Times, March 10, 1900, vol. XLIX, no. 15, 653, p. 155 (possibly) Lot note: In the fall of 1899, Theodore Butler left France for New York with his children, Lilly and Jimmy, and his sister-in-law, Marthe. His wife, Suzanne Hoschede and Claude Monet's stepdaughter, had died earlier the same year. Butler had settled in Giverny in the 1880s but left for the United States to be closer to his family after his wife's death. The drastic change between the bucolic landscape of Giverny and the dramatic hustle and bustle of New York clearly inspired the artist. Butler had lived in New York previous to leaving for Europe and the city had changed greatly in the intervening time. He was only to stay for six months, but during that time he produced some of his most acclaimed artworks, including East River. Composed of iridescent blues, pinks, and purples, East River masterfully conveys the cold, moist air of a New York winter. The lower half of the large canvas depicts a ship and barge in the East River, with the shore and cityscape above. Rolling clouds from the boats' smokestacks divides the composition in half and make the vertical skyscrapers seem to float above the shoreline. Butler used a variety of brushwork, with smoother strokes for the water, smoke, and clouds, and stronger, diagonal strokes for the ships, harbor, and skyline. The effect dissolves all shapes in space uniformly, creating a filmy, chromatic atmosphere that shimmers and flickers across the luminous canvas. It offers the viewer an incredible rendering of the East River, a poetic homage to its industrialization. East River was likely included in a March 1900 exhibition at the New York location of Galerie Durand-Ruel, along with works by his father-in-law Monet. Three paintings in the exhibition were titled East River and at least one bore the title Brooklyn Bridge. These views of New York were done in Butler's particular combination of impressionist colors and brushwork with postimpressionist abstract, flattened forms and patterning. More accustomed to Monet's brand of impressionism, critics' responses to Butler's work were mixed. However, the uniqueness of his imagery did not go unnoticed. In a letter to his friend, the artist Philip Leslie Hale, Butler stated that "Papa Durand-Ruel bought one of my New York pictures. That sounds quite simple but means a lot to me." Likewise, a critic of the International Studio emphasized that the artist "goes to the extreme of vividness" and shows an "intensely penetrating vision" ("American Studio Talk," International Studio, 10, no. 37 (March 1900), p. IV). In the present work, Butler captures the classic essence of New York, a city that restlessly vibrates with life, even in its still moments.

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    • Theodore Earl Butler
      Dec. 04, 2021

      Theodore Earl Butler

      Est: $15,000 - $20,000

      (American, 1861-1939) Vernon Bridge, signed lower left "T.E. Butler", oil on canvas, shaped oval 20 x 24 in.; period carved gilt wood frame, oval 25-1/4 x 29-1/4 in.

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    • Theodore Earl Butler (1861-1936) New York Harbor 31 1/2 x 44 in. (80 x 111.8 cm.) (Painted in 1917.)
      Nov. 18, 2021

      Theodore Earl Butler (1861-1936) New York Harbor 31 1/2 x 44 in. (80 x 111.8 cm.) (Painted in 1917.)

      Est: $30,000 - $50,000

      Theodore Earl Butler (1861-1936) New York Harbor signed and dated 'T.E. Butler 1917' (lower left) oil on canvas 31 1/2 x 44 in. (80 x 111.8 cm.) Painted in 1917. For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

      Bonhams
    • Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) Boating on the Epte, 1911 Oil on canv
      Nov. 05, 2021

      Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) Boating on the Epte, 1911 Oil on canv

      Est: $30,000 - $50,000

      Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) Boating on the Epte, 1911 Oil on canvas 25-1/2 x 32 inches (64.8 x 81.3 cm) Signed and dated lower right: T.E. Butler / 1911 PROVENANCE: R.H. Love Galleries, Inc, Chicago, Illinois; Private collection, Memphis, Tennessee; Private collection, Hernando, Mississippi. EXHIBITED: The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio, and elsewhere, "Theodore Earl Butler: Emergence from Monet's Shadow, Impressionism from Giverny and New York," June 15, 1985-July 6, 1996, no. 18. The American impressionist Theodore Earl Butler, who was born in Columbus, Ohio, and moved to Paris to study art, established the closest connection of any American painter with the great French impressionist master Claude Monet. During the 1880s, when impressionism was beginning to catch on with American collectors, and seem less radical an approach (painting directly from nature outside, and employing broken brushwork), a greater number of artists embraced the style. Butler was among these artists, a group which also included, among others, John Leslie Breck, Frederick Carl Frieseke, Willard Metcalf, Lilla Cabot Perry and Theodore Robinson. Butler went to paint at the artists' colony of Giverny, where Monet had moved in 1883, and built his fabulous garden that provided so much inspiration for his landscape paintings. There, the two men became fast friends. Butler began painting landscapes under the influence of Monet, and in due course Butler married Monet's stepdaughter, Suzanne Hoschedé, an event immortalized in a painting entitled The Wedding March (1892) by Theodore Robinson. Butler and Suzanne bought an orchard near Monet's home and studio where they built a house and raised a family. After Suzanne's untimely death he married her sister, Marthe Hoschedé. The effect of Butler's connection with Monet is apparent in the present work of 1911, a lyrical scene of boaters on the river Epte near Giverny. The site is one Monet himself explored extensively, in a ravishing series of 21 canvases he produced in 1896-97 entitled Morning on the Seine. Every morning Monet would rise before dawn, and make his way across roads and fields towards the confluence of the Epte and the Seine, not far from his home. Rowing the short distance from the shore, he would board his Bateau-atelier and set off downstream to a specific bend in the river where he sought to capture the effects of the brightening sky, the gauzy shapes at the juncture of the confluence, the trees lining the banks in shadow while also reflecting in the water. Compositionally, Butler's Boating on the Epte owes a powerful debt to Monet's Matinée sur la Seine of 1896 (Daniel Wildenstein, Monet, catalogue raisonné, Cologne, 1996, vol. III, no. 1436, illustrated p. 594). Notably, the shapes of the massed trees at left and right, and the design of the negative space running vertically through the painting from the sky to the water in the foreground are very similar to Monet's work. But by 1911, Butler was also aware of Post-Impressionist experiments, and the works of the Fauves such that his view of the magical confluence has a more saturated, almost "straight out of the tube" pigmentation in the blues and greens. The brushwork is also less broken and flickering, opting instead for a lusher coalescence to achieve zones of deeply intense, jewel-like color. In this way, Butler moved beyond Monet into his own idiom. Theodore Earl Butler was the son of Courtland Philip Livingston Butler (1813–1891) and Elizabeth Slade Pierce (1822–1901). His son, James Butler, was also a painter, and as the grandson of Claude Monet, was one of only four painters to have painted in Monet's garden in Giverny. His sister Mary Elizabeth Sheldon, née Butler (1849–1897), is the paternal great grandmother of

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    • Théodore Earl Butler (1861-1936) La Ferme de la Dîme (Giverny) huile sur t
      Apr. 14, 2021

      Théodore Earl Butler (1861-1936) La Ferme de la Dîme (Giverny) huile sur t

      Est: €15,000 - €20,000

      Théodore Earl Butler (1861-1936) La Ferme de la Dîme (Giverny) huile sur toile 50 x 73 cm.

      Christie's
    • Theodore Earl Butler (1861-1936) Brooklyn Bridge, New York 30 1/8 x 40 1/8in (76.5 x 101.9cm) (Painted on January 1, 1900.)
      Nov. 24, 2020

      Theodore Earl Butler (1861-1936) Brooklyn Bridge, New York 30 1/8 x 40 1/8in (76.5 x 101.9cm) (Painted on January 1, 1900.)

      Est: $20,000 - $30,000

      Theodore Earl Butler (1861-1936) Brooklyn Bridge, New York signed and dated 'T. E. Butler '00' (lower left) oil on canvas 30 1/8 x 40 1/8in (76.5 x 101.9cm) Painted on January 1, 1900. For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

      Bonhams
    • Theodore Earl Butler, Reflections, Giverny (By the Riverside)
      Sep. 23, 2020

      Theodore Earl Butler, Reflections, Giverny (By the Riverside)

      Est: $2,000 - $3,000

      Theodore Earl Butler Reflections, Giverny (By the Riverside) c. 1900-13 pastel on blue paper 12.25 h × 18.625 w in (31 × 47 cm) Signed to lower right 'T.E. Butler'. Provenance: Private Colleciton, Connecticut Exhibited: Theodore Earl Butler, American Impressionist, 16 June - 15 July 1972, Maxwell Galleries, San Francisco | American Works on Paper II, Autumn 1988, Spanierman / Drawings, New York | American Painters in Giverny, 15 October 1992 - 15 January 1993, Spanierman Gallery, New York | VIntage American Art, 26 January - 26 May 2006, Spanierman Gallery, New York Literature: Theodore Earl Butler: American Impressionist, Maxwell Galleries, pg. 72 illustrates this work American Works on Paper II, Spanierman Gallery catalog, no. 11 illustrates this work condition: Work is in good overall condition, has not been examined outside of frame. Measurements are of sight. Sheet is toned with darker discoloration along edge. Work presents well. Framed behind glass measuring 18 x 24 inches.

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    • Attrib. Theodore Earl Butler O/B Harbor Painting
      Jul. 23, 2020

      Attrib. Theodore Earl Butler O/B Harbor Painting

      Est: $800 - $1,200

      New York, Ohio, France,1861-1936 Impressionist work depicting a docked boat with a fishing village in the background utilizing a pleasant blue-pink and green color palette.

      Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
    • Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936), , Le Port de New York
      Jun. 14, 2020

      Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936), , Le Port de New York

      Est: $25,000 - $40,000

      Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) Le Port de New York Signed and dated 'T.E. Butler 1917' bottom left, oil on canvas 31 1/2 x 40 7/8 in. (80 x 103.8cm) provenance: The Artist. The Estate of the Artist. Acquired directly from the above. Private Collection, France. Hôtel des ventes de Monte-Carlo, sale of July 26, 2014, lot 90. Acquired directly from the above sale. Private Collection, New York, New York.

      Freeman's
    • Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936), , Veules-Les-Roses
      Jun. 14, 2020

      Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936), , Veules-Les-Roses

      Est: $15,000 - $25,000

      Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) Veules-Les-Roses Signed 'T.E. Butler' bottom right, oil on canvas 22 1/8 x 15 3/4 in. (56 x 40cm) provenance: Private Collection, France. Hôtel des ventes de Monte-Carlo, sale of July 26, 2014, lot 93. Acquired directly from the above sale. Private Collection, New York, New York.

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    • Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936), , Le Train à Giverny
      Jun. 14, 2020

      Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936), , Le Train à Giverny

      Est: $25,000 - $40,000

      Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) Le Train à Giverny Signed and dated 'T.E. Butler 04' bottom left, oil on canvas 23 5/8 x 28 3/4 in. (60 x 73cm) provenance: The Artist. Suzanne Hoschedé, the Artist's wife. By descent in the Hoschedé-Monet family. Private Collection, France (since 1954). Hôtel des ventes de Monte-Carlo, sale of July 26, 2014, lot 89. Acquired directly from the above sale. Private Collection, New York, New York. NOTE: The son of a prominent businessman, Columbus-born Theodore Earl Butler attended the Art Students League of New York after college, studying under William Merritt Chase (1849-1916). While there, he became a close friend of the Impressionist painters Theodore Robinson (1852-1896) and his fellow student at the League, Philip Leslie Hale (1865-1931), with whom he set off for Paris in late 1886. In France, Butler studied at the académies Julian and Colarossi and quickly received recognition from the Paris Salon, garnering an honorable mention in 1888 for his painting La Veuve. That same year, Butler visited Giverny for the first time. He eventually settled in the quiet village in 1892, thus becoming an integral part of the art community. While at Giverny, Butler was increasingly influenced by Claude Monet (1840-1926), and learned how to capture the transient beauty and changing effects of light on the French countryside, as exemplified in the present works (lots 17-19) and specifically in Le Train à Giverny. Here, Butler further explores Monet's legacy by picking a modern theme the French master had already fully explored in his Gare Saint-Lazare series from 1877. Butler made several versions of the regional train connecting Vernon to Giverny. Executed en plein-air, the work successfully captures the effects of both speed and blurriness created by the passage of train. By choosing similar hues of brown, grey and purple, the train appears to morph into the landscape, mixing in with the surrounding trees, sky and smoke. In a letter from 1904 addressed to his friend Philip Leslie Hale, Butler described his train series of paintings: "Now I have painted trains at eight hours as well as the train at ten hours, as well as the trains at fifteen and sixteen hours. In fact I have become the king of the track."

      Freeman's
    • Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936), , Old Farm, Toulgouat House
      Dec. 08, 2019

      Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936), , Old Farm, Toulgouat House

      Est: $12,000 - $18,000

      Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) Old Farm, Toulgouat House Signed and dated 'T.E. Butler/26' bottom right, oil on canvas 19 1/4 x 28 1/4 in. (48.9 x 71.8cm) provenance: The Artist. By descent in the family to the present consignor through Butler's grandson.

      Freeman's
    • Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936), , Spring in Giverny
      Dec. 08, 2019

      Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936), , Spring in Giverny

      Est: $12,000 - $18,000

      Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) Spring in Giverny Signed 'T.E. Butler' bottom right, oil on canvas 23 1/2 x 29 in. (59.7 x 73.7cm) provenance: (Possibly) Charles E. Slatkin, Inc. Galleries, New York, New York. Private Collection, New York. NOTE: The son of a prominent businessman, Columbus-born Theodore Earl Butler attended the Art Students League of New York after college, studying under William Merritt Chase. While there, he became a close friend of the Impressionist painters Theodore Robinson and his fellow student at the League, Philip Leslie Hale, with whom he set off for Paris in late 1886. There, Butler studied at the academies Julian and Colarossi and quickly received recognition from the Paris salon, garnering an honorable mention in 1888 for his painting La Veuve. That same year, Butler visited Giverny for the first time. He eventually settled in the quiet village in 1892, thus becoming an integral part of a vital art community. While at Giverny, Butler was increasingly influenced by Claude Monet, and learned how to capture the transient beauty and changing effects of light on the French countryside, as exemplified in the present works (Lots 30-32). In 1892, Butler eventually married Suzanne Hoschedé, Monet's stepdaughter, and therefore officially integrated into the Monet family despite the older artist's initial objections.

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    • Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936), , The Artist's Garden (The Green Chair)
      Dec. 08, 2019

      Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936), , The Artist's Garden (The Green Chair)

      Est: $15,000 - $25,000

      Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) The Artist's Garden (The Green Chair) Signed 'T.E. Butler' bottom right, oil on canvas 28 3/4 x 23 1/2 in. (73 x 59.7cm) Executed circa 1926. Unframed. provenance: The Artist. By descent in the family to the present consignor through Butler's grandson.

      Freeman's
    • Theodore Earl Butler, (American, 1861-1936), La Seine à Port-Villez, oil on canvas, 23 x 28in (58.5 x 71cm)
      Oct. 20, 2019

      Theodore Earl Butler, (American, 1861-1936), La Seine à Port-Villez, oil on canvas, 23 x 28in (58.5 x 71cm)

      Est: $12,000 - $18,000

      Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) La Seine à Port-Villez oil on canvas signed lower right T.E. Butler, with partial label to reverse with artist's name, address and title of work 23 x 28in (58.5 x 71cm) Provenance: Acquired while living in Giverny, France by artist Jacques Schutzenberger (French, 1898-1940) during the early 20th century before moving to the United States. Thence by descent to present owner. Property from the Schutzenberger Family Collection, Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

      Andrew Jones Auctions
    • Theodore Earl Butler American, 1861-1936 The Wind in the Willows, Giverny, 1891
      May. 14, 2019

      Theodore Earl Butler American, 1861-1936 The Wind in the Willows, Giverny, 1891

      Est: $10,000 - $15,000

      Theodore Earl Butler American, 1861-1936 The Wind in the Willows, Giverny, 1891 Signed Theo Earl Butler and dated 91 (lr); inscribed This picture is by Theodore Butler and / is not part of the Guy Rose work Ethel Rose on the stretcher, further inscribed "The Wind in the Willows" / by Theodore Earl Butler / Claude Monet's son in law / Painted in Giverny, France on a label affixed to the stretcher Oil on canvas 18 1/4 x 24 1/4 inches (46.3 x 61.6 cm) Provenance: Goldfield Galleries, Los Angeles [Sale] Sotheby's New York, Dec. 3, 1987 lot 198 Spanierman Gallery, LLC, New York C Estate of Joan Harmon Van Metre, The Plains, VA

      Doyle New York
    • Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) Flower Garden (double-sided work), 19
      May. 03, 2019

      Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) Flower Garden (double-sided work), 19

      Est: $3,000 - $5,000

      Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) Flower Garden (double-sided work), 1908 Watercolor on paper 13 x 9 inches (33.0 x 22.9 cm) Signed and dated lower left: T.E. Butler '08 PROVENANCE: Maxwell Galleries, San Francisco, California; Private collection, New York. This double-sided watercolor will be included in Patrick Bertrand's forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the work of Theodore Earl Butler. HID01801242017

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    • THEODORE EARL BUTLER | Bathers at Quiberville
      Mar. 06, 2019

      THEODORE EARL BUTLER | Bathers at Quiberville

      Est: $15,000 - $25,000

      oil on canvas

      Sotheby's
    • Theodore Earl Butler (1861-1936) - Armistice Day
      Nov. 20, 2018

      Theodore Earl Butler (1861-1936) - Armistice Day

      Est: $250,000 - $350,000

      Theodore Earl Butler (1861-1936) Armistice Day oil on canvas 68 ½ x 59 in. (174 x 149.9 cm.)

      Christie's
    • Theodore Earl Butler (1861-1936) - Swans, Central Park
      Nov. 20, 2018

      Theodore Earl Butler (1861-1936) - Swans, Central Park

      Est: $70,000 - $100,000

      Theodore Earl Butler (1861-1936) Swans, Central Park oil on canvas 23 ¾ x 28 ½ in. (60.3 x 72.4 cm.)

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    • Theodore Earl Butler (1861-1936) Flag Day 39 1/2 x 31 1/2in
      Nov. 19, 2018

      Theodore Earl Butler (1861-1936) Flag Day 39 1/2 x 31 1/2in

      Est: $500,000 - $700,000

      Theodore Earl Butler (1861-1936) Flag Day signed and dated 'T.E. Butler / Oct. 1918' (lower left) and signed again (on the reverse)oil on canvas39 1/2 x 31 1/2inPainted in 1918. Provenance: The artist.(probably) Schwartz Gallery, New York, 1921.Tom Snyder Collection, New York.R.H. Love Galleries, Inc., Chicago, Illinois.Private collection, acquired from the above.Sale, Sotheby's, New York, May 19, 2011, lot 30.Acquired by the present owner from the above.Exhibited(probably) New York, Schwartz Gallery, Exhibition of Paintings by Theodore E. Butler, February 28-March 19, 1921, no. 1 (as The Avenue of the Allies). Chicago, Illinois, R.H. Love Galleries, and elsewhere, Theodore Earl Butler: Emergence from Monet's Shadow, January 14, 1984-February 2, 1986, pp. 389-90, pl. 87-88, illustrated on cover.New York, Grand Central Art Galleries, Impressionism and Post-Impressionism: Transformations in the Modern American Mode 1885-1945, March 29-May 14, 1988, pp. 33, 102, no. 36, illustrated.Literature(probably) "The World of Art: The Society of Independent Artists," New York Times, March 6, 1921, p. 51 (as The Avenue of the Allies).I.S. Fort, The Flag Paintings of Childe Hassam, Los Angeles, California, 1988, pp. 24-25, fig. 25, illustrated.This painting will be included in Patrick Bertrand's forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the work of Theodore Earl Butler. We wish to thank him for his assistance cataloguing this lot. This work has been requested for inclusion in an exhibition of Theodore Earl Butler's work at the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio, scheduled for September 2021.Theodore Earl Butler's Flag Day is an emblematic representation of the patriotic atmosphere in New York that coincided with the Allies' push towards the end of World War I. Painted in October 1918, weeks before the Armistice, Flag Day depicts a spirited Fourth Liberty Loan drive parade along Fifth Avenue in New York, which in the autumn of 1918 was coined the "Avenue of the Allies" due to the spectacular international displays of flags. The large-scale composition in the present work focuses on the strikingly colorful flags of the Allies, which were interspersed with dazzling red Liberty Loan banners, soaring down the Avenue. The parades inspired American artists—including famously Childe Hassam (1859-1935), George Luks (1867-1933), and Gifford Beal (1879-1956)—to record the historic moment and Butler's portrayal in Flag Day is among his strongest works. Butler was born in Columbus, Ohio and began his artistic training under William Merritt Chase at the Art Students League in New York. He set off for Paris in 1886 where he studied at the Académie Julian. He moved to Giverny in 1888 and became closely associated with the group of Americans who worked in the artists' colony there. Giverny was famously home to Claude Monet, who was the expatriates' greatest influence. Butler formed a close personal relationship with Monet, who became his father-in-law after Butler married Suzanne Hodseché in 1892. Following Suzanne's death, in 1900, Butler married her sister, Marthe Hoschedé. Butler travelled back to New York in 1913 for a mural commission and participated in the landmark Armory show of that year. World War I prevented his return to France for eight years and it was during this period in New York that Butler witnessed the spirited parades that inspired Flag Day. According to Patrick Bertrand, author of the forthcoming catalogue raisonné on the artist, "Flag Day, an iconic painting, heralds the one hundredth anniversary of the armistice of World War I. Butler herein depicts a scene from the fourth Liberty Loan parade led by President Woodrow Wilson in October 1918. Like a photograph, Butler captures the moment in real time. The flags of the twenty-two allies festoon New York City's Fifth Avenue. The tumultuous crowd, the careening vehicles, the energy of the Allies, is almost palpable. The American flag is actively commandeering the canvas as its centerpiece, with fluttering red flags framing it from above. The vivid primary colors of the flags juxtapose those of somber New York City, symbolizing the hope and promise of the people as the end of the war approaches. The flags, like sails, are unfurled above the crowds, guiding them all to victory. Despite the wind and chaos of the street, most of the flags are seen in their entirety, illustrating the individual strength and resilience of the allies in the face of war. Compared to the flag scenes of those like Manet or Van Gogh, Butler's is full of heartfelt enthusiasm."In 1918, New York was a bustling industrial city. The spires of St. Patrick's Cathedral are seen in the background of Flag Day, placing the viewpoint at 53rd street and 5th Avenue looking South. In addition to the patriotic themes evident in the present work, Butler also focuses on capturing a moment in modern city life. The rise of the automobile's popularity had a profound impact on modernizing New York structurally and societally with a newfound ease of mobility. In Flag Day several cars are the focal point of the lower register. While dwarfed compositionally by the largescale flags, the emphasis given to the automobiles sets this flag depiction apart from the artist's contemporaries, including Hassam's as well as Butler's own Flags, 1918, in the collection of the Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama, includes less clearly defined cars.While other noteworthy American artists also captured the patriotic heraldry of the parades along the Avenue of Allies, there are only two works of this magnitude that Butler painted on the flag subject. The other previously mentioned example entitled Flags of 1918 features a similar composition and is in the collection of the Birmingham Art Museum, Birmingham, Alabama. The present work was likely exhibited under an earlier title, The Avenue of the Allies, in New York in 1921, when a reviewer for The New York Times wrote, "'The Avenue of the Allies' is a flag picture, interesting to compare with those of Mr. Hassam. Mr. Butler flings his scarfs to a more jocund breeze, and uses a free and large design." ("The World of Art: The Society of Independent Artists," The New York Times, March 6, 1921, p. 21) Childe Hassam's famous series of flag paintings including some 30 oil paintings were exhibited together days after the Armistice at Durand-Ruell Galleries in New York. The present work depicts the view as seen from the opposite direction as Hassam's Avenue of the Allies: Brazil, Belgium, 1918 (Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California). Hassam's scene, donated to the Los Angeles Museum of History, Science and Art, in 1929, became one of the first flag paintings from this period to enter a public institution. Now most of these works, including flag scenes by Butler himself, Hassam, Luks, and Beal, are held in museum collections.Flag Day is an important work of art from an internationally historic period and is part of a tradition of urban flag paintings by both European and American masters. American Art curator and scholar Ilene S. Fort wrote on New York's Fourth Liberty Loan parade that, "Although other American cities were decorated during this drive, none of them attained the lavishness of New York. The city's decorations of Allied flags came to represent the entire national war effort." (The Flag Paintings of Childe Hassam, Los Angeles, California, 1988, p. 24). Butler's superb handling of energetic brushwork and movement in the composition conveys the liveliness of this parade. The artist's unique Impressionistic style was perfectly fitting to capture the momentous, spirited nationalism in Flag Day.

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    • THEODORE EARL BUTLER (AMERICAN, 1861-1936) LES AJOUX, GIVERNY, 1910 OIL ON CANVA
      Nov. 08, 2018

      THEODORE EARL BUTLER (AMERICAN, 1861-1936) LES AJOUX, GIVERNY, 1910 OIL ON CANVA

      Est: $12,000 - $18,000

      Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) Les Ajoux, Giverny, 1910 Oil on canvas 23-1/2 x 28-1/2 inches (59.7 x 72.4 cm) Signed and dated lower right: T.E. Butler / 10 PROVENANCE: R.H. Love Galleries, Chicago, Illinois; Private collection, Florida. EXHIBITED: R.H. Love Galleries, Chicago, Illinois, and elsewhere, "Theodore Earl Butler: Emergence from Monet's Shadow," January 14-February 16, 1984, no. 3; R.H. Love Galleries, Chicago, Illinois, "Theodore E. Butler, an American Impressionist," December 16, 2000-January 31, 2001. LITERATURE: R. Love, Theodore Earl Butler: Emergence from Monet's Shadow, exhibition catalogue, Chicago, Illinois, 1985, n.p., plate 81, illustrated. This painting will be included in Patrick Bertrand's forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the work of Theodore Earl Butler. HID04901242017

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    • THEODORE EARL BUTLER (AMERICAN, 1861-1936) LES INVALIDES, PARIS, 1904 OIL ON BOA
      Nov. 08, 2018

      THEODORE EARL BUTLER (AMERICAN, 1861-1936) LES INVALIDES, PARIS, 1904 OIL ON BOA

      Est: $8,000 - $12,000

      Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) Les Invalides, Paris, 1904 Oil on board 15 x 12-1/2 inches (38.1 x 31.8 cm) Signed and dated lower left: T.E. Butler / 04 PROVENANCE: Collection of Mr. Angelo Sommaruga; Bonhams, New York, May 22, 2013, lot 40; Private collection; Bonhams, New York, May 21, 2014, lot 14; Private collection, Florida. This painting will be included in Patrick Bertrand's forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the work of Theodore Earl Butler. HID04901242017

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    • THEODORE EARL BUTLER (AMERICAN, 1861-1936) CHÂTEAU-GAILLARD, LES ANDELYS, ON THE
      Nov. 08, 2018

      THEODORE EARL BUTLER (AMERICAN, 1861-1936) CHÂTEAU-GAILLARD, LES ANDELYS, ON THE

      Est: $12,000 - $18,000

      Theodore Earl Butler (American, 1861-1936) Château-Gaillard, Les Andelys, on the Seine, 1923 Oil on canvas 25-1/2 x 32 inches (64.8 x 81.3 cm) Signed and dated lower right: TE Butler / 23 Signed, dated, and titled on the reverse: 132 T.E. Butler / Château-Gaillard, Les Andelys, Eure / 1923 PROVENANCE: R.H. Love Galleries, Chicago, Illinois; Collection of Warren P. Snyder; Private collection, Florida. EXHIBITED: R.H. Love Galleries, Chicago, Illinois, and elsewhere, "Theodore Earl Butler: Emergence from Monet's Shadow," January 14-February 16, 1984, no. 25; R.H. Love Galleries, Chicago, Illinois, "Theodore E. Butler, an American Impressionist," December 16, 2000-January 31, 2001. LITERATURE: R. Love, Theodore Earl Butler: Emergence from Monet's Shadow, exhibition catalogue, Chicago, Illinois, 1985, n.p. This painting will be included in Patrick Bertrand's forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the work of Theodore Earl Butler. HID04901242017

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    • Theodore Earl Butler Oil On Canvas
      Jul. 22, 2018

      Theodore Earl Butler Oil On Canvas

      Est: $500 - $600

      "Theodore Earl Butler Oil On Canvas" American b 1861 1936 oil on Canvas Beach Scene signed and Dated 1904. 18 3/4" Height x 27" Width

      Bruce Kodner Galleries
    • Theodore Earle Butler, Am. 1861-1936, "Artistic Reverie, 1908", Oil on canvas, 23 3/8" x 19 3/4"
      May. 17, 2018

      Theodore Earle Butler, Am. 1861-1936, "Artistic Reverie, 1908", Oil on canvas, 23 3/8" x 19 3/4"

      Est: $30,000 - $50,000

      Theodore Earle Butler Am. 1861-1936 "Artistic Reverie, 1908" Oil on canvas Signed and dated "T.E. Butler, 1908" 23 3/8" x 19 3/4"

      Barridoff Auctions
    • Theodore Earl Butler (1860-1936) - Un petit chemin à Giverny par Vernon dans l' Eure
      Mar. 23, 2018

      Theodore Earl Butler (1860-1936) - Un petit chemin à Giverny par Vernon dans l' Eure

      Est: €7,000 - €10,000

      Theodore Earl Butler (1860-1936) Un petit chemin à Giverny par Vernon dans l' Eure huile sur toile 59.8 x 73.2 cm.

      Christie's
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