Paddle Wheeler and Schooner on the River

(1861–1948)

Size: 9 3/4 x 14 inches (24.8 x 35.6 cm)
Medium: Oil on panel
Signed lower right: Irving R. Wiles
Why We Love It

Although Wiles was known and esteemed for portraiture, he painted landscape and genre subjects as well, and this work demonstrates his extraordinary skill and versatility as an artist. This painting is an atmospheric picture of the sea, executed with a dynamic immediacy that alludes to Impressionism. The brushwork is applied thickly and produces a lush, tactile quality on the surface of the canvas.

The Value

Wiles’s paintings were highly collectible during his own lifetime, and he was regarded as one of the foremost American Impressionists.To find an example like this, in excellent condition and with all of the most desirable features of his best paintings, makes this work a wonderful addition to any important collection of American art.