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Washington Square, Winter,  New York - Guy Carleton Wiggins
Guy Carleton Wiggins
"Washington Square, Winter, New York", 1934
Oil on canvas board
16 x 12 inches
Signed lower right
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New York City winter scenes were Wiggins’ most popular works. His first exhibition of snowscapes was in 1921, in Richmond, Virginia, for which he painted “Washington Square in Winter”. That work was subsequently purchased by the Richmond Museum of Art, where it is still an important part of their collection. Our painting is also a view of the park looking north towards the arch, the Federal revival townhouses on the square, and the tall 5th Avenue residential building in the distance. Wiggins’ Impressionist style is manifest in the quick brushstrokes, and the muted palette is reminiscent of the work of Alfred Sisley, a French Impressionist known for his sombre scenes. Yet Wiggins’ work is not sombre; it is easy to see that he found Washington Square to be a cheerful place on a snowy day.

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