Seascape of the beach at Fire Island, New York, with sand dunes sprouting tufts of grass in the foreground, and the ocean and cloudy sky in the background. Tschudy’s style assimilated the atmospheric effects and loose brushwork of Impressionism. This painting exemplifies the type of landscapes for which he was known. The artist often signed his name with the anglicized spelling “Judy,” as is the case with this painting. Now in custom gold-leaf frame with sand finish.
One of his contemporaries wrote in Art Digest:
Tschudy’s work impresses one with a quality only too rare in landscape painting that of a delicate balance between the artist’s expression and the sensitively-observed fact. There is nothing haphazard in Tschudy’s fluent brushwork. Sound composition, integration of light and color patterns with design are to be noted in all the work. While there is refinement in the melting color and subtlety in play of light, there is everywhere breadth and vitality in the handling.
Herbert Bolivar Tschudy was a painter and watercolorist. Born in Ohio, he completed a degree at Illinois State University before switching to an art career. He studied in New York City at the Art Students League and was a member of the Fifteen Gallery, New York; American Watercolor Society; Philadelphia Watercolor Club; and the Brooklyn Society of Modern Artists. Tschudy adopted the painterly brushwork and attention to light and atmosphere of Impressionism, as well as the Impressionist interest in landscape as a subject. About 1914, he went on a sketching expedition to the American West and Southwest, and the drawings became the basis for installations at the Boston Museum. He returned to the Southwest many times thereafter, and became known for his paintings of that region, some of which are in the collection of the New Mexico Museum at Santa Fe. A recognized authority on art, he made numerous public appearances, including radio talks. During his lifetime, his work was in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum, where he served as a curator of contemporary art for 15 years, as well as the American Museum of Natural History, and the National Museums of Poland (in Warsaw) and Bulgaria (in Sofia). His work was also popular in England, where it hung in London’s Grosvenor Gallery. Today Tschudy’s paintings are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art and others.
Condition: Generally very good with the usual overall light soiling, discoloration, toning, wear. Greater wear at very outer margins, will be covered when framed. left margin of board cut as issued. Verso with label of E.H. & A.C. Friedrichs Co., New York, maker of the “artists sketching panel” it is painted on.
Falk, Peter Hastings, ed. Who Was Who in American Art. Madison, Connecticut: Sound View Press, 1985. p. 632.
“Herbert Bolivar Tschudy.” AskArt.com. http://www.askart.com/biography.asp?ID=100234 (11 June 2005).