Ernest Albert, NA, New Canaan, Conneticut, 1857-1946. This gorgeous impressionist landscape is a soft, beautiful pastel scene showing trees and hills under a light blue sky. It has lovely thick paint which shows off the artist's masterful brushstrokes. It is 8 1/2" by 10 1/2" housed in a fine antique deep gesso decorated 2 1/2" frame giving it overall dimensions of 15 1/2" by 15 1/2". It is signed lower left and is in very good condition with 2 minor inpainted spots.
A distinguished theatrical and scenic designer who also became a landscape painter and muralist, Ernest Albert worked in New York, St. Louis, and Chicago. At the pinnacle of his career in 1905, he began to withdraw gradually from his theater work. His family was settled in the striking new house he had built in New Rochelle, New York; his financial independence was established; and from then on, he devoted most of his considerable talent and energy to his landscapes. Albert's landscapes, painted mostly in Old Lyme, Connecticut and later on Monhegan Island, Maine (as well as a few on the West Coast), are simple in composition but subtle in effect. His impressionistic rendering of color and light imbue his quiet country scenes with all the magic of the moment. The gentle strength of these pictures and of his still lifes ensured their popularity and earned him a place as one of America's respected artists. Albert is a well listed artist in Davenport, Fieldings, Who was Who in American Art and Mallett. He was a cofounder of the American Society of Scenic Painters and Allied Artists of America and is represented in many fine collections.His paintings sell for up to $10,000.