The Rescue (c. 1875) by Howard Pyle
A painting by Howard Pyle (American, 1853 - 1911) the painter author considered by many to be the father of American illustration. Having studied at the Art Students League of New York under Lemuel Wilmarth, Pyle was mentored by a number of luminaries, including Frederick Church, AB Frost, and Edwin Austin Abbey.
Often writing the books and stories for which he painted illustrations, Pyle was a bestselling and prolific artist. The majority of his works were grisailles as opposed to full color easel paintings, such as this. The work centers on three figures making their way through marshland. Two men carry a young woman to safety. The thoughtful composition, remarkable attention to detail — e.g. the play of light on marshland grass — and the strength of the figures are all hallmarks of Pyle's oeuvre. The work is incised "Pyle" in the lower right.
22 x 29 in.