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George Alan Swanson (1908 - 1968)

Lot 106: GEORGE SWANSON (1908-1968) Lounging, Early 20th c., Watercolor

Bakker Auctions

October 23, 2021
Provincetown, MA, US

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Description

GEORGE SWANSON (1908-1968) Lounging, Early 20th c., Watercolor

Dimensions

12 x 14 1/4" sight, 20 x 22" matted

Artist or Maker

George Swanson

Medium

Watercolor

Date

Early 20th c.

Condition Report

Good condition, staining, please consider photos an accurate description of condition

Literature

George Alan Swanson, a native of Bloomfield, New Jersey, achieved international success as an artist. For nearly a decade (beginning in 1934) he accompanied Dr. William Beebe, Director of the Department of Tropical Research of the New York Zoological Society, on expeditions to South America and Bermuda as the official artist and illustrator. Dr. Beebe was among the first scientists to discover and document deep-sea life, reaching unprecedented depths one-half mile deep. On the expeditions Swanson illustrated the colorful and varied species of flora, fauna and sea-life discovered using Beebe's famous bathysphere and on deep-sea dives. Back in the states, Swanson's botanical illustrations and watercolors inspired by travels abroad attracted favorable reviews. He found joy as an artist in figurative subjects and landscapes. He achieved particular success painting the dancers of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and the Ballet Theatre. When he left to join the war effort, 50 of his Ballet Russe paintings entered the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. He admired the work of Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco and exhibited with contemporaries including Joseph Stella, George Luks, Jules Pascin, Raphael Soyer and John R. Grabach. His sensitive and sensuous portraits of male figures allude to his own sexuality. As noted by a critic in a review of his figurative works, a Spiritual autobiography holds aloft its candle in George Alan Swanson's art...Few artists approach the masculine figure with such lustiness, and this vigor is doubtless his most important attribute as artist. Without it he would not be distinguished as Swanson was a founding member of the Bloomfield Art League, co-founded the St. George's Art Colony in Bermuda and actively taught and exhibited in Bloomfield. His works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, The Newark Museum in New Jersey, the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York City and The Masterworks Foundation in Bermuda. (Shannon’s Fine Art Inc)

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