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Sale 1019 Lot 17

American (1883-1972)
View of Lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge
oil on canvas, signed "Johann Berthelsen" lower right
20 x 24 inches

Provenance: Private Collection, Connecticut.

Other Notes: On the right side of the painting you can see the Brooklyn Bridge, a special subject for the artist because his mother and father walked across the bridge on opening day in May 1883. His mother was pregnant with him and he was born two months later in Denmark, July 1883. He loved the scene of the foot of Manhattan island at night with all the lights and initially did the scene in pastel in the early 1920s. When the depression took such a heavy toll on him he wondered if painting in oil could better feed his children, a fellow artist told him" if you can do in oil what you have done in pastel you will be a great success."
Our thanks for Lee Berthelsen, son of the artist and head of The Johann Berthelsen Conservancy, LLC for his comments on this work.

Tags: oil paintings, listed artist, New York City, city scene, 20th century, American Impressionism
Estimate $10,000-15,000      Sold for US$16,250

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