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Irving Ramsey Wiles
American (1861-1948)

A Summer Day
Oil on canvas, 15 x 18 inches
Signed Irving R. Wiles lower left

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Description

Irving Wiles absorbed the ideas of the newly fashionable Impressionism movement while studying in Paris. Upon his return to the United States, he incorporated impressionist techniques into his own works to evoke an American taste for realism and the idealized beauty of the Gilded Age. As a prominent member of the National Academy, Wiles soon became one of the most successful portrait painters of his generation, winning numerous prizes at expositions both at home and abroad. Wiles’s paintings have much in common with the elegant interiors of his friend and mentor, William Merritt Chase, and the bravura brushwork of his other famous contemporary, John Singer Sargent.

Wiles brilliantly captures the shimmering reflections of sunlight among the dappled leafy shadows in this sparkling, intimate luncheon scene painted at his Peconic Bay, Long Island home.

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