American Masterpieces from Dryads Green Gallery
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A Clear Stream, Oil on Canvas, 16 x 26, Signed
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Curator's Comments: Born in 1848 in Baltimore, Jones began his formal studies at the
Maryland Institute under the portrait painter David Acheson Woodward and later with
Horace W. Robbins, who had just returned from a year of travel with Frederic Edwin Church.
So it should be no surprise that Jones came to study with Church, who is the chief influence
on his work. You can see it in the light, which picks up Church's magnificent tonality. In 1876,
Jones and his younger brother Francis Coates Jones began a four-year sojourn in Europe,
where Jones completed some study at the Academy Julien.  He joined the artist colony on
the North coast of France in Pont-Aven, Brittany, which would later become an American
center under the Harrisons.

Upon his return to the United States, Jones settled in New York but purchased a summer
cottage in South Egremont, Massachusetts, where he painted the Berkshires. Hudson River
School influence, from Church, is seen in the rendering of brilliant midday light and formalist
attention to exact natural details of the plein aire scene.  Jones' artistic intent was set on
capturing the spectacle of a pictorial landscape as it varied across the seasonal spectrum.
His scenery conveys its value through features brought into focus with exquisite detail and
radiant tonality, here seen in the suffused pink that raises earthen browns and sharpens
verdant greens as in his wonderful skunk cabbage. This green hue is his significant color
value, and collectors want it. We show a selection of Jones' works whose seasonality
provides a continuing harmony across the subject of his favorite stream close to Sheffield,
Massachusetts, only a few miles from his cottage in Western Massachusetts in the foothills
of Mount Washington.
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"The Meadow Brook"  brought $57,600
Fishing the Stream brought  $36,000
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"Before the snow" brought $23,000
"The first frost" brought $30,800
Jones' works were widely exhibited in the United States at the turn of the century, and their
powerful gemlike focus on nature in the perfected moment continues to bring high prices
today. He was elected to the Society of American Artists in 1881 and to the National
Academy of Design (where he had exhibited in the 1860s and continued to do so for a record
sixty years) in 1883.  He was also a member of the American Water Color Society, the
National Inst of Arts & Letters and the National Arts Club.  He won medals for the
paintings he submitted to the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893; and at the 1889 and
1900 Paris Expositions. His paintings are  in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan
Museum of Art; the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the
Brooklyn Museum, and the Smithsonian. The artist died in 1927 in New York City. This
painting will be included in the forthcoming
catalogue raisonne under the direction of Dr.
Eleanor Ashton.