Alexander Helwig Wyant


Alexander Helwig Wyant


The Summer Woods

Oil on Canvas
12 x 16 inches

Signed Lower Right

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Alexander Helwig Wyant
(American, 1836-1892)
Alexander Helwig Wyant was born in Evans Creek, Ohio in 1836.  He was a member of the second generation of Hudson River School painters who painted landscapes that were often poetic, moody and atmospheric.  His style was closely aligned with the American Barbizon movement.  Wyant was encouraged by George Inness and he was funded by Nicholas Longworth to study for a year at the National Academy in New York and also travel to Germany in 1865.  He also visited England where he was influenced by Constable and Turner.  At age 37, he suffered a paralytic stroke which forced him to learn to paint with his left hand.   

NAD, c.1864; Germany with F. Gude. 1865-66

NA, 1869; Century Assoc., 1875

NAD, 1865-92; Brooklyn AA, 1867-92; Boston AC, 1877-82; PAFA Ann., 1879-81, 1893, 1902; AIC; MMA, 1917, 1965, 1970; WMAA, 1938; Utah Centennial Expo, 1947; Univ. Utah, 1968

NMAA; BM; Montclair Mus.; MMA; TMA; Tennessee State Mus.; Univ, Kentucky Art Mus., Lexington; Worcester AM

G&W; Clark, Alexander Wyant; DAB; Swan, BA; Rutledge, PA; Panorama (Jan. 1947); Magazine of Art (Nov. 1946); Art Digest (Aug. 1936); Campbell, New Hampshire Scenery; Keene Valley:  The Landscape and Its Artists; Baigell, Dictionary; Gerdts, Art Across America; Kelly, "Landscape and Genre Painting in Tennessee, 1810-1985,"; Jones and Weber, The Kentucky Painter from the Frontier Era to the Great War; Falk. Exhibition Record Series