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Artist Name:       William Edward Norton
Artist Dates:        
1843 - 1916      
Painting Title:      
The Blue Dory    
Painting Date:      
Undated    
Medium:             
Oil on Canvas           
Signature:            
Signed lower left          
Provenance:         
Private Collection
Condition:            Excellent          
Size Unframed:     
12 x 16
Frame Condition:  Excellent Gallery Style
Artist Best Price:   $30,625
Offered At:             CALL      
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Curator's Comments: Another of our painters who is well represented in the Smithsonian,
with four canvases, Boston-born William Edward Norton studied with George Inness, and went
to Paris in the early 1870s. He studied with Chevreuse and Vollon, and then settled in London
where he exhibited throughout the last quarter of the 19th century. In 1901, he returned to the
U.S. and settled in New York City, where the Rockaways became his subject. Norton also
painted major seascapes at Monhegan Island, Maine. The Blue Dory is one of the most
emotionally powerful paintings in our collection, photographic in its realism and at the same
time journeying far into the realm of symbolism. Poised for rebirth or death as it awaits the
tide, the dory is a deep archetype that arrests our vision a brilliant painting, in excellent
condition. Clearly, over time, one recognizes the mastery of a masterpiece. In the signature, the
"E"is characteristic.
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Curator's Comments: Here is Norton painting in 1873, with a beautiful perspective of
Honfleur at the mouth of the Seine on the Normandy coast and across from Le Havre. We are
again attracted to the perspective with it perfectly detailed flowers in the foreground, and then
to Norton's focal object--here the young poplars--and finally to the distant horizon where  grey
sea merges into sky. A look at the
Blue Dory is enough to make Norton's artistry clear--and
this work is both signed and titled by the artist. The view is probably from La Ferme
Saint-Simeon, where Courbet painted and after him Monet, whose Honfleur canvases date to
1864-65.  Honfleur's old harbor is visible, but Norton has chosen not to focus on the picturesque
fishing village and instead gives the contrast of the town's warehouses and factories with the
natural hillside setting. We are reminded that the human element has come to lodge against
the hillside like a transient vessel moored within the breakwater. Canvases from Norton's
French period are highly valued and quite rare and not featured in the Smithsonian collection.
His masterpiece from this time,
Dream Days, hangs in Boston's Museum of Fine Arts.
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Artist Name:       William Edward Norton
Artist Dates:        
1843 - 1916      
Painting Title:      
Honfleur    
Painting Date:      
Undated    
Medium:             
Oil on Canvas           
Signature:            
Signed lower left          
Provenance:         
Private Estate
Condition:            Excellent          
Size Unframed:     
16 1/8 x 12 1/8  
Frame Condition:  Antique Excellent
Artist Best Price:   $30,625
Offered At:             SORRY SOLD           
Off Monhegan (12 x 20) Sets New Record

We were watching at Barridorf's annual
auction, when this incredible Norton
masterpiece crossed the block at a new
record high for this under-valued
American artist whose sky work alone
is unequaled in tonality--Sold for

$30,625!