Untitled Document
White Sloop, Peconic Bay - Irving Ramsey Wiles
Irving Ramsey Wiles
"White Sloop, Peconic Bay", 1907
Oil on canvas
21 x 28 inches
Signed lower right
MME Fine Art Enlarge

Private collection, Virginia
Spanierman Gallery, New York
Private collection, Illinois

White Sloop captures a fleeting moment in a place that held enormous personal resonance for the artist. Wiles frequently visited and eventually purchased land in Peconic Bay, Long Island, living and painting there for nearly three decades until his death in 1948. Our painting exhibits Wiles’ trademark fluid and elegant brushwork, which earned him frequent comparisons to Sargent, and his finely-tuned color sense. The cool blue shadows of the clouds upon the bay’s variable surface evoke the feel of a brisk, exhilarating day on the water, while also suggesting that the weather could change on a moment’s notice. The novelist Theodore Dreiser observed in 1898 that Wiles’ extraordinary ability had as much to do with what the artist chose to leave out of a painting as with what he decided to put in.

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