CONNECTICUT ARTIST REVINGTON ARTHUR LIFE’S WORK DISCOVERED IN CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA; TO BE SOLD FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24
For Immediate Release
Contact: Melanie Hartman
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Approximately 1,500 works of art by Connecticut artist Revington Arthur were discovered in State College, Pennsylvania after being stored there since the 1980’s.
Arthur, from Stamford, Connecticut, was a well established artist during the 1940’s through the 1970’s. He exhibited at prominent artist institutions and had showings at galleries across the Northeast, including New York City. In 1945, one of his works, “The Green Pool” was published in Time Magazine as critics choice.
A selection of the artist’s works will be offered at auction on Friday, February 24, 2023 by Cordier Auctions in Harrisburg, PA.
Arthur’s work evolved in style, but he primarily worked in acrylic, oil, and watercolor. He is considered an expressionist or abstractionist; some of his works could even be described as surrealistic.
Arthur’s early artistic education in the 1920’s and 1930’s took him to such distinguished institutions as the Grand Central School of Art and the Artist Student League in New York City, as well as the George P. Ennis School in Eastport, Maine. By the 1940’s he was studying art history at Columbia in New York. Like many artists his education included working under more established artists. His influence and training came from the likes of George Luks, Ashle Gorky, and Kimon Nicolaids.
Arthur, who was most prolific from the 1940’s to the 1970’s, exhibited his work in both one man and group shows. Some of the most notable venues included the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in Philadelphia in the 1940’s and 50s, the Carnegie Museum of Fine Art in Pittsburgh in 1934, and the Connecticut Academy of Fine Art in 1956. Several prominent museums have his works in their permanent collections including The Brooklyn Museum in New York, The Delaware Museum of Art in Wilmington, Delaware, the AKG Art Museum in Buffalo, New York, and The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
During the 1940’s and 1950’s Arthur’s works and style were also published in art and general publications including Time Magazine, Esquire, Art Digest, and American Artist.
Arthur was a member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists, and taught at the Chautauqua Art Summer School for 43 years, holding the position of Director from 1945 to 1983.
Cordier Auctions in Harrisburg, PA discovered the collection when hired to auction the estate of Sandra Byham in State College, Pennsylvania. Since the 1970s, Byham had been working on placing the collection with institutions but was unsuccessful. The discovery also included vast amounts of provenance and information about the art and artist.
A. Gorky 72 x 48 inches Exhib Silvermine Guild of Artists
Beggar's Family 60 x 50 inches
Collection as Found
Collection as Found
Discovery of the Garden 72 x 48 inches
Festival Preparation 35 x 50 inches Exhib Carnegie Institute
Medieval Image 42 x 32 inches Exhib Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Melancholia II 50 x 40 inches Exhib National Academy of Design
Mountain Family 70 x 56 inches
November Trees 36 x 30 inches Exhib Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, Silvermine Guild of Artists
Odalisque with Lute 34 x 35 inches
Portrait of a Lady 18 x 14 inches
Red Shawl 30 x 24 inches Publ Art Digest, Exhib Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Revington Arthur (1907-1986)
Revington Arthur Self Portrait 18 x 14 inches
Small Town Stuff 29 x 39 inches
Still Life with Mythological Couple 25 x 30 inches
Summertime 25 x 30 inches