Wilson Irvine

American, Old Lyme, Chicago

1869 - 1936

Harbor at Conearneau


18 x 23 inches



(with frame below)


Irvine is considered one of the masters of American Impressionist landscape painting. He was born in Illinois and as a young man moved to Chicago where he developed his interest in art. It was during this early period that he began depicting rural landscapes. It wasn't until Irvine married, traveled to Europe and then returned to settle in Old Lyme, Connecticut, where he became associated with Guy Wiggins and Everett Warner as part of the Old Lyme Art Colony.

Irvine was a very experimental painter who was always trying to find new ways to interpret what he saw before him. At one point, he developed a technique that he termed "prismatic". It was based upon the same idea as looking through a glass prism, or the refraction of light.

Wilson Irvine is best known for his landscapes usually of rolling hills, open meadows and old stone walls. He loved nature and found poetry in all that he saw before him. It was not formal gardens and cultivated land that fascinated him but the way light filtered through trees, the way a country wall was composed and the rhythm and sway of hills, knolls and valleys.