Item #AT-0280

"France" Colored Pencil on Paper by John Alden Twachtman (1882–1974)


"France" Colored Pencil on Brown Paper by John Alden Twachtman (1882–1974)
Gilt frame.




10"H x 13"W


16.75"H x 19.5"W

John Alden Twachtman (1882–1974) was eldest child of the noted American Impressionist John Henry Twachtman (1853–1902) who at the time was the center of the Cos Cob art colony in Connecticut. As a child from a family of artist it was not unusual for his own early development in the arts. He graduated in 1906 from the Yale School of the Fine Arts. After Yale he won the prestigious Winchester Prize for study abroad. While in France he attended the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. Beaux Arts was established in 1648 by Cardinal Jules Mazarin to offer studies in the arts from architecture to gem cutting. Returning to Greenwich in 1911 Twacthtman worked for the top New York architecture firms of the day, McKim Mead & white and Carriere and Hastings. Later in 1911 he built a small home for his family atop his mother’s Round Hill Road property. In 1912 Alden co-founded the Greenwich Society of Artists.

In spring 1914, Wealthy patrons nationwide increasingly commissioned architectural murals by Twachtman. During World War I, he was a colonel with the 103d Field Artillery, 26th division of the Army, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal and the Distinguished Service Cross. In April 1919, Col. Twachtman returned to Greenwich, his family and his profession as architect and artist. Little is known about his works, and is rare to come on the market today.