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...the rediscovery of two late 19th-early 20th century New York artists who represent a neglected strain of American painting. The Wigands studied with important artists of the period in New York and Paris, and brought the fruits of their classical training and education to Staten Island where they lived and worked from 1916 until their deaths in 1944.
Although neither artist achieved a lasting level of fame, they did enjoy a certain amount of success and notoriety during their lifetime.
Adeline was consistently commissioned for portraits, which were her specialty, and Otto has been documented as havin done commercial work for the Whitney Museum of American Art as well as Harpers and Century” magazines.
"Both Otto and Adeline lived on Staten Island for much of their lives, and were actively involved in the Art Section of the Staten Island Institute. While adherence to their strict salon training meant that their work grew unfashionable over time, it is now being re-evaluated on its own merits. Elegance, grace, and technical assurance are hallmarks of the work of both artists, and their training represented many of he highest ideals of art in the19th century carried over into the 20th." -- Bartholomew F. Bland
The paintings of Adeline Albright Wigand and Otto Charles Wigand are imbued with clues to another era. Filled with the qualities of charm, grace, and modest elegance, they depict a seemingly gentle world of small domestic moments, contemplative portraits, ornamental still life, and highly romanticized farmers -- a vision that did not hold up a mirror to the societal growing pains of French or American life at the turn of the 20th century. Toward the end of their lives in the years before World War II, the reputations of these well-regarded artists waned -- their work was pretty, even beautiful, at the precise...