"Peterson Old Farm, Winter" by LeConte Stewart
Watercolor on Paper
15.75 x 14.5 in. Framed
7 x 5.5 in. Unframed
Lower left, dated January 16, 1971
Lower right, signed LeConte Stewart
LeConte Stewart's prolific career was near its peak in 1940 when he produced iconic, masterful landscapes of the Northern Utah valleys, often featuring houses, barns, and mills. Many of these works are coveted by collectors for their structure and smooth, flowing landscapes. This work is wonderfully typical of Stewart's themes throughout the 1940s with long brushstrokes coupled with defined lines around his subject matter.
LeConte Stewart was born in Glenwood, Utah in 1891. He was an art educator and realist painter considered by some to be the godfather of Utah landscape. He died in 1990 in Kaysville, Utah.
Stewart studied at the University of Utah with Edwin Evans in 1911 and took private lessons from A. B. Wright in 1912. He moved to New York in 1913 where he studied with J. F. Carlson, Frank DuMond, and Walter Goltz at the Art Students League.
LeConte Stewart mainly painted oil landscapes, which he usually painted quickly, on-site. He is predominantly known for his unidealized paintings of rural Utah; but he was also very productive in portraiture mural painting, drawing, etching, lithography, pastel, and design.