William Samuel Horton (American, 1865-1936) oil on canvas European landscape, depicting a canal by moonlight, with buildings on both banks reflected in the water. Signed "Horton" lower right. Rococo style carved and gilt frame with brass label affixed, reading: "William S. Horton 1865-1936". Fred Reed Atlanta framing label en verso of frame. Sight – 24" H x 30" W. Framed – 32" H x 38" W. Biography: William Horton was born into a wealthy family in Grand Rapids and despite his parents' disapproval, left home as a teen to study at the Art Institute of Chicago. He went on to study at the Art Students League in New York and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and Academie Julien in Paris (with Jean-Paul Laurens and Benjamin Constant). He was a close colleague of the French Impressionists and has been characterized as painting in a style that is more French than American, with a strong emphasis on color and light. Provenance: Private Michigan collection. CONDITION: 1" repaired tear to upper center sky area, 1" area of small flakes to lower center edge of canvas (above name plate). Blacklight reveals a few scattered spots of inpainting or overpainting to upper and left corner and possibly along left side. Newer stretchers.
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