William Forsyth (1854-1935)
Still Life with Pomegranate
Oil on Board
18 x 24 inches
Signed Lower Left
This painting appeared in our 3rd Annual Curated Sale of Historic Indian Art
William Forsyth was one of the most influential artists in the history of Indiana art. Not only was he a masterful and prolific painter but also the head painting instructor at Herron for over 30 years where he mentored literally hundreds of developing artists. The combined artistic and educational contributions make his legacy hard to ignore. He was a member of the famed Hoosier Group along with T.C. Steele, J. Ottis Adams, R.B. Gruelle and Otto Stark – all legendary in their own right. Today’s painting, Still Life with Pomegranate (our title) is an interesting example. It was probably created before 1900, given the classical, dark setting. It’s reminiscent of the work Forsyth produced in Munich (1880s) and very much reflecting his years there. The painting comes from the Forsyth estate and has never been on the market before. It’s clean, nicely presented in a period reproduction frame and ready to hang.
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