JOSEPH OPPENHEIMER ~ Rockport, Massachusetts – Inner Harbor from Bearskin Neck

This accomplished artist was born in Würzburg, Germany, in 1876. Like many Jewish artists of the time he was forced to leave the country, fleeing to London in 1900. He spent the rest of his living in London, Montreal, and America. A portrait, landscape and still-life painter, Oppenheimer studied at the Munich Academy with Fehr, Raab, Gabriel von Hackl and Hockes. He was much influenced by the French Impressionists.

This painting is certainly one of Oppenheimer’s most accomplished works and an illustration of some of the essential aims of Impressionism. On examining this painting one is aware of the importance of colour harmony which is so splendidly carried out here. Colour is not localized but is picked up like a melody in various parts of the canvas – the blue in the sky reflected in the water and those wonderful and bold vibrant greens in the trees also shown in the water, coming together to portray the perfect painting. Examples of Oppenheimer’s work of this size and subject are extremely rare.

Examples of his work may be seen in the following museums: the Museum of Mannheim (“Regate a Stenley”); the National Gallery (“George Salting”); Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Royal College of Surgeons of England; London Jewish Museum of Art and Balliol College, University of Oxford, England.

He is known to have exhibited at the following galleries in England: Goupil Gallery London, Walker Art Gallery Liverpool, Manchester City Art Gallery, Royal Academy, Royal Society of Portrait Artists and International Society.

This work is presented in pristine condition in its original period frame and is signed by the artist.

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1876 – 1966

Title: “Rockport, Massachusetts – Inner Harbor from Bearskin Neck”

Date: c. 1926

Size: Height 36 inches Width 44 1/2 inches (framed)