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Ted Kautzky painting - Harlem River Speedway, New York


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Theodore 'Ted' Kautzky (Hungarian/American, 1896-1953) watercolor painting of Rainy Day - New York, 1932. Watercolor on watercolor board. Painting size: 15 x 22." Signed and dated 1932 in lower right corner. In this painting, Kautzky captures the shimmering reflections on a rainy day in New York on the Harlem River Speedway looking south along the Harlem River with Washington Bridge and High Bridge visible in the distance. Old automobiles and decorative lamp posts remind us of earlier times. 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 painting is one of several by this artist currently for sale from a large private collection. Condition is very good, with one small area exhibiting some light brown foxing in the reflected surface of the street.
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