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Kenyon Cox

(1856 -  1919 ) Wikipedia® : Kenyon Cox
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Extracted between 26 works in the catalog of Arcadja
Kenyon Cox - The Education Of Cupid

Kenyon Cox - The Education Of Cupid

Original 1917
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Lot number: 81
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Lot Details Lot 81 Kenyon C. Cox American, 1856-1919 The Education of Cupid, 1917 Signed Kenyon Cox and dated 1917 (lr); inscribed as titled and By Kenyon Cox 1917 on the reverse Oil on canvas 23 x 46 3/4 inches Provenance: The artist By descent to his niece, Jeanette Prentiss Cox (Mrs. Gordon Niles Morrill), Cleveland, OH By descent to F. Gordon Morrill, Delray Beach, FL By gift to his nephew, Michael Hunter, Palm Beach, FL Exhibited: New York, National Academy of Design, Winter Exhibition, Dec. 15, 1917-Jan. 13, 1918, no. 194 Literature: The Sun, Dec. 15, 1917, p. 9 American Art News, vol. 16, no. 12, p. 2 Kenyon Cox and Howard Wayne Morgan, An Artist of the American Renaissance: The Letters of Kenyon Cox, 1883-1919, Kent University Press, 1995, p. 179 In 1917, Kenyon Cox wrote to his son, Allyn, "Is this light-minded enough for you? [Sketch] The Education of Cupid. Venus teaching cupid how to shoot. Target hung on terminal statue with a pure Cornish landscape background, the extreme distance being Platt's riverview. Such is to be my next picture. I've been working at the sketch all the time your mother was in Boston. There's such a bully chance in it for serious study of action that even your mother doesn't object to the playfulness of the motive. To me it is a kind of relief from the horrid seriousness of reality just now. It's only in pleasant and peaceful times that one wants to be ultra-serious in art. Caroline [the artist's daughter] is going to pose for Venus -- white and gorgeous piece of brilliant rose stuff, a brand new material, which is the most glittery and amazing thing you can imagine." [Kenyon Cox and Howard Wayne Morgan, An Artist of the American Renaissance: The Letters of Kenyon Cox, 1883-1919, Kent University Press, 1995, p. 179 ] When exhibited in the 1917 Winter Exhibition at the National Academy of Design, The Education of Cupid was praised by a reviewer from American Art News for being "bright and light-spirited." A critic for The Sun wrote of the work more extensively, "Mr. Cox's effort is The Education of Cupid, in which every touch is worked out with clear, intellectual and perhaps cold precision. Venus, according to Mr. Cox, is an American lady, but Cupid, properly enough, bears a strong facial resemblance to the heroines of Sir Peter Lely, who, if history be credited, did indeed live in a time of instructed Cupids." Painted as a respite from the horrors of a world at war, The Education of Cupid remained in Cox's family until now; it continues to delight today. C
Kenyon Cox - May

Kenyon Cox - May

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Lot number: 68172
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KENYON COX (American, 1856-1919) May, 1890 Oil on canvas 15-1/2 x 30 inches (39.4 x 76.2 cm) Signed and dated lower left: Kenyon Cox 1890 FROM THE JEAN AND GRAHAM DEVOE WILLIFORD CHARITABLE TRUST PROVENANCE: Collection of William T. Evans, circa 1893-1900; Sale: American Art Galleries, Chickering Hall, New York, "American Paintings belonging to William T. Evans," January 31-February 2, 1900, no. 137. EXHIBITED: World's Columbian Exposition (Chicago World's Fair), Chicago, Illinois, May 1-October 30, 1893 (bronze medal); Grand Central Art Galleries, New York, "La Femme," March 6-August 15, 1984. This quiet and radiantly colored nude by noted muralist Kenyon Cox was once part of the pioneering collection of American paintings amassed by dry goods merchant and railroad financier from Montclair, New Jersey, William T. Evans, who was the largest collector of American art before World War I. Evans assembled three collections of American painting, the first and second of which he sold at auction, and the third of which he donated to museums--notably 160 works to the then newly-formed National Gallery in Washington, 60 to the Montclair Museum, and smaller numbers to other museums in his home state. Cox's painting, May, belonged to Evans' second collection which he sold at public auction in 1900. In the catalogue accompanying that sale, a biography of Kenyon Cox speculated on why paintings of nudes were less numerous at exhibitions than they had been: "Years ago our exhibitions contained more pictures of the nude than now, a fact that is explained probably by the important commissions for mural painting given out of late which have absorbed the creative power of many of our most accomplished figure painters who are not devoted to portraiture. Kenyon Cox is one of those who was formerly a frequent contributor of works having the nude for subject, and an easel canvas by him of the sort is now a rarity. His skill as a draughts- man and the fine decorative quality of his composition have been long recognized. His portraits, notably some small ones, are considered among the best produced by the recent American school, and his ventures in landscape and out-door subjects have been received with cordial approval. As a designer and illustrator Mr. Cox's work is widely known and generally conceded to belong in the first rank, because of its intellectual, scholarly composition, and, as in his nude subjects, its masterly knowledge of the figure." Cox's nude May, which had been awarded a medal in the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, was described in the Evans catalogue as: "A nude female figure reclining on a grassy bank, with a piece of yellow drapery under her. Trees covered with spring blossoms fill the left of the composition. Beyond, at the right, a stretch of landscape. The young girl is painted with rare knowledge of form, and the figure is delicious in color."
Kenyon Cox - The Stream's Secret

Kenyon Cox - The Stream's Secret

Original 1893
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Lot number: 64076
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KENYON COX (American, 1856-1919) The Stream's Secret, 1893 Oil on canvas 18-1/2 x 10-1/2 inches (47.0 x 26.7 cm) Signed and dated lower left: KENYON COX 1893 On reverse of the new lining, the artist's original inscription is copied: -The Stream's Secret- / by Kenyon Cox / 145 W. 55th St. New York / -1893- THE JEAN AND GRAHAM DEVOE WILLIFORD CHARITABLE TRUST EXHIBITED: The New York Cultural Center, New York, in association with Fairleigh Dickinson University, "Three centuries of the American Nude," (label verso). One of the finest draftsman of his era, Kenyon Cox distinguished himself primarily a major public muralist. His classically-inspired paintings were simple in composition and muted in color, making them highly legible and easy on the eyes. Cox painted the present work in 1893, the same year in which The World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago finally provided him with an opportunity to paint murals on a grand scale. It also gave impetus to a much broader interest in murals for public spaces. From then until 1913, Cox created a series of monumental allegorical murals. He was also a long-time teacher at the Art Students League and the National Academy of Design, as well as an art critic for the Nation and Scribner's. He did much of his writing in Cornish, New Hampshire where he and his wife, Louise Howland Cox, were a part of the art colony there.
Kenyon Cox - Milking Time (believed To Be The Winston Churchillfarm)

Kenyon Cox - Milking Time (believed To Be The Winston Churchillfarm)

Original 1910
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Lot number: 22
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Kenyon C. Cox (1856-1919),American
MILKING TIME (BELIEVED TO BE THE WINSTON CHURCHILLFARM)
Oil on canvas; signed and dated 1910 lower right
26.50" x 37.00", 67.30 cm x 94.00 cm
The American novelist, Winston Churchill (1841-1947), lived nextdoor to Kenyon\\’\\’\\’\\’s summer residence at Cornish, New Hampshire. Onmore than one occasion, Kenyon pleaded with Winston to remove theJersey\\’\\’\\’\\’s bell ringers as they made too much noise in themornings.

Kenyon Cox - Hope And Memory

Kenyon Cox - Hope And Memory

Original 1900
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Lot number: 92
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KENYON C. COX (1856-1919) - HOPE AND MEMORY - PROPERTY FROM AN AMERICAN MUSEUM
Mis: 42 1/4 by 26 3/8 in. 107.4 by 67 cm.
signed and inscribed Copyright/ 1900 by/ Kenyon Cox, l.r.; titled, signed, dated and inscribed Painted for/ J.D. Cox, Jr./ Cleveland, Ohio, on the reverseoil on canvas

CONDITION NOTE
Canvas not lined. Surface in good condition; dirty varnish. Under UV light: no evidence of inpainting.We are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described in our catalogue. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSION CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

EXHIBITED
Waterville, Maine, Colby College Museum of Art, Americans and Paris, August 1-October 22, 1990
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