Charles Warren Eaton Landscape Painting - "Mount Rockwell, Glacier National Park, Montana," Mountain Lake Landscape View
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Charles Warren Eaton
"Mount Rockwell, Glacier National Park, Montana," Mountain Lake Landscape View

1921

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Charles Warren Eaton (1857 – 1937) The Shadow of Mount Rockwell, Glacier National Park, Montana, 1921 Oil on canvas 20 x 24 inches Signed lower right: CHAS WARREN EATON. Provenance: The artist The Macbeth Gallery, New York Private Collection Sotheby's New York, American Art, April 14, 1989 ConocoPhillips, Houston Simpson Galleries, Houston, Fine Art & Antiques, May 18, 2019, Lot 447 Exhibited: New York, The Macbeth Gallery, Paintings of Glacier National Park by Charles Warren Eaton, December 13, 1921 - January 2, 1922, no. 2. Literature: "Two Exhibitions at Macbeth's," American Art News, New York, Vol. XX, No. 10, December 17, 1921. Born in Albany, New York, Charles Eaton became a Tonalist landscape painter much influenced by George Inness. His intimate, moody landscapes were known for subdued golden-brown hues and muted tonal harmonies, and the subject was often the landscape in late autumn, evening time, or winter. These paintings were groundbreaking because they were relatively small in scale and intimate countryside views, which was a departure from the generally popular panoramic, romanticized views of Hudson River School painters. In 1879, he enrolled at the National Academy of Design in New York City and then studied figure painting at the Art Students League with J. Carroll Beckwith. He became a close associate with Leonard Ochtman and Ben Foster, both Tonalist painters, and traveled with them to France and England where each formed their own style in reaction to the pervasive Barbizon style of rural landscape and genre painting. They also visited Holland where Eaton painted many canal scenes. Despite his success with tonalism, Eaton gradually discarded the shadowy tonalist style and began painting with brighter colors, especially after 1910. In 1921, Eaton was hired to paint Glacier Lake, in Glacier National Park by the Great Northern Railroad Company as part of their "See America First" campaign. The approximately twenty-one paintings that resulted were among the artist's last works. Eaton tended to approach the Rocky Mountain scenery from an oblique vantage point rather than confronting the scenery directly. He captured small episodes, showing mountaintops nearly obscured by dramatically attenuated screens of fir trees. He won many prizes including ones at the Salmagundi Club, the Philadelphia Art Club and the 1904 St. Louis Exposition. He was a founding member of the Lotus and Salmagundi Clubs. His works, like many artists of his generation, were nearly forgotten for decades until a resurgence of interest in the late twentieth century.In October 2004, a retrospective of Eaton’s paintings, “Intimate Landscapes: Charles Warren Eaton and the Tonalist Movement in American art, 1880-1920”, was held at the de Menil Gallery at Groton School. 

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  • Artist
    Charles Warren Eaton (1857-1937, American)
  • Creation Year
    1921
  • Medium
  • Dimensions
    H 20 in. x W 24 in.H 50.8 cm x W 60.96 cm
  • Gallery Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU115624470792
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