Description:

Frank B. Nuderscher
American (St. Louis), 1880-1959
Landscape
Oil on canvas, signed lower left
Colorful early autumn pastoral landscape with trees and distant mountains, framed.

About the Artist: Nuderscher was born in St. Louis, the son of a successful building contractor. His father wanted him to join the family business, but Nuderscher always had an interest in art. Legend has it that Nuderscher finally convinced his father to support his aspirations when at age 12 he earned two dollars sketching a bas-relief for a stonemason, therefore convincing his father that he could earn a living as an artist. Nuderscher is frequently credited for being self-taught as an artist. However, it was reported that he took art classes in New York, Philadelphia, and Provincetown, that he studied art while traveling in Europe, and that he was enrolled at the St. Louis School of Fine Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. In 1904, Nuderscher first attracted the attention of the fine arts community with his painting of the Eads Bridge which won first prize in the Artist's Guild Competition. With artists from all over the world in St. Louis for the 1904 World's Fair, it was a particularly competitive field. W.K. Bixby, a nationally recognized art patron and philanthropist, purchased the work for his own collection and encouraged the young artist. The Eads Bridge would become a repeated theme for Nuderscher and his future Granite Building studio at Fourth and Market Streets in downtown St. Louis would look out over the iconic structure.

    Dimensions:
  • Stretcher: 17 x 20 in. (43.2 x 50.8 cm.), frame: 21 3/4 x 23 3/4 in. (55.2 x 60.3 cm.)
  • Artist Name:
  • Frank B. Nuderscher
  • Medium:
  • Oil on canvas, signed lower left
  • Condition:
  • Appears to have been relined, with the full stretcher now bound on the back by black tape.

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