Item #AT-0414

The Plaza ,Central Park South 1930 by Johann Berthelsen (1883 - 1972)
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Johann Berthelsen (1883 - 1972)

"The Plaza ,Central Park South 1930" Oil on Artist board. Signed lower right. Central Park South Written on Verso


16 x 20" unframed

27.5 x 28.5" framed (Hand made gilt frame)

Purchased directly from the artist by a New Jersey Monsignor. Lee Berthelsen son of the artist informed us to a study of this piece that is presently in the collection of the New York Historical Society in NYC from the famous The Elie and Sarah Hirschfeld Collection.

Johann Berthelsen painted landscapes of New York City ''poetic'' by contemporary critics. Ironically though, it was music not art, to which Berthelsen originally aspired to.

A native of Copenhagen, Denmark, Berthelsen's family immigrated to the United States in 1890. When he was 18, Berthelsen studied music and voice for four years at the Chicago Musical College. Following this graduation, he toured the United Slates and Canada as lead baritone for the Grand Opera Company, after which he taught voice, first at his alma mater and then at the Indianapolis Conservatory or Music. In 1920, Berthelsen opened a private studio in New York City where he gave voice lessons.

Although he devoted most of his time to singing and music, Berthelsen painted first for his own pleasure. Berthelsen initially established his artistic reputation with his work in pastels. Working with small canvases, he found inspiration in New York's Central Park, rendering this subject most effectively in its seasonal transformations.

He painted similar scenes in and of Chicago, and they also met with critical and popular acclaim. Having achieved success as a pastelist, Berthelsen turned his attention to oils. He returned to the fundamentals of drawing in order to discover a technique appropriate to the medium. Berthelsen used a heavy impasto to almost palpably render his landscapes and his city and park snowscapes. Berthelsen also painted still-lives. Unlike his landscapes, these works again on small canvases-are clearly defined, with his colors ranging from bright to low key.

Berthelsen died in 1972.

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