WILLIAM L'ENGLE (1884-1957) Building New York, 1935, Oil on canvas

  • The Time Capsule: Building New York, 1935 by William L'Engle: In 1993 William's grandson Daniel L'Engle Davis, was doing repairs on a leaky stove pipe in William's studio on the family property on Long Nook Road in Truro, Cape Cod. This repair brought Dan into one of the closets that had a 10 foot tall top shelf where no one had been in decades. As he shined a flashlight to view the shelf, he saw what appeared to be a large roll of paper. He reached in to remove the roll and it was extremely heavy and dirty. He placed it on the studio floor and over the next 6 hours, unrolled a total of 15 paintings: 8 by William and 7 by his wife, Lucy L'Engle. All were dated and saved chronologically from 1913 to 1955. The paintings were originally stretched, framed, and exhibited in New York City and Provincetown, MA. Sometime in the 1950s they were disassembled, intentionally rolled up, and put away. This was an artist's tradition to be saved as a time capsule, hopefully to be found later for renewed interest, posterity, and a great example of his sense of playfulness. There were many classic L'Engle's in the time capsule, including a Building New York, 1935, oil on canvas, which is a prime example of William's social realism and WPA style. Evidently no one in the family ever knew about this unique cache of artwork. Now, fully restored, Building New York, is being shown/offered directly from William L'Engle's Time Capsule and estate for the very first time. Daniel L'Engle Davis, October 6, 2021
  • Dimensions:
  • 30 x 24", 27 x 33" framed
  • Literature:
  • William and Lucy L'Engle, early American Modernists and disciples of Cubism, were part of the New York City, Paris, Provincetown art movements and a generation of artists working abroad in the years immediately following the public debut of Cubism in Paris in 1908. William Johnson L'Engle, (1884-1957) arrived in Paris in 1909 at the age of 25 with a degree in Naval Architecture from Yale and classes at the Art Students League in New York. Among his classmates at the League in 1907-08 were Georgia O'Keefe and Blanche Lazzell. In Paris, William first studied at Acadamie Julian and then at the Ecole de Beaux Arts with Jean-Paul Laurens. Lucy Brown L'Engle (1889-1978) studied with Charles Hawthorne in Provincetown in 1909 and then for a year in 1911-12 at the Art Students League before going to Paris at the age of 23 to study at the Acadamie Julian with Albert Gleizes in 1913. The couple met soon after Lucy arrived in Paris and married in 1914. They contributed to the introduction of early Modernism to the Provincetown art colony and its history. Throughout their entire lives, they both painted constantly and produced a large volume of artwork in the summer season in Truro, with winters in New York City; St. Augustine, Florida; Cuba, and beyond, that are in major museums and collections far and wide. (Written by Daniel L'Engle Davis 5/16/2021, lenglefinearts.com )
  • Medium:
  • Oil on canvas
  • Circa:
  • 1935
  • Notes:
  • Unsigned, certificate of authenticy from James R. Bakker and Daniel L'Engle Davis, grandson of William L'Engle
  • Condition:
  • Very good condition, please consider photos an accurate description of condition

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October 23, 2021 1:00 PM EDT
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