Theodore "Ted" Kautzky (Hungarian/American, 1896-1953) original watercolor painting of New York City skyscrapers. Dated 1935. Size: 30 inches x 22 inches.
Signed lower right "Theo Kautzky 1935." Excellent condition. Ted Kautzky was an architect, watercolorist, teacher and author of books on painting techniques. Trained as an architect at the Royal University in Hungary, he emigrated to New York in 1923, where he was employed as an architect for the New York City Parks Department. Later, he taught art at the Pratt Institute, New York University, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Toronto. Kautzky favored the watercolor medium and mastered the ability to use it to render light, reflections, color and texture. He spent over a decade on Cape Ann, in Massachusetts, where he painted the harbors, coastlines and villages of the surrounding areas. He was a member of the Rockport Art Association, the National Academy of Design, the North Shore Arts Association and the American Watercolor Society. He also traveled through northern New England, including Vermont and New Hampshire. This early work, painted in 1935, reflects his interest in the architecture of the city, with the soaring skyscrapers juxtaposed against the low, industrial buildings facing onto the pier. This painting is one of several by this artist currently for sale from a large private collection.