Driscoll Babcock Galleries

Driscoll Babcock Galleries New York’s oldest art gallery. Representing the finest in American art, as well as outstanding European masterpieces. The Gallery’s strong focus on American and European masters includes major museum placements of works by Asher B.
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Durand, Thomas Cole, John F. Kensett, Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, Thomas Eakins, Marsden Hartley, Charles Sheeler, Edwin Dickinson, Milton Avery, and Stuart Davis. Among European and Modern masters we have placed important works in public and private collections by Degas, Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Mark Tobey, Henry Moore, Lynn Chadwick, Ben Nicholson, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Philip Gusto

Durand, Thomas Cole, John F. Kensett, Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, Thomas Eakins, Marsden Hartley, Charles Sheeler, Edwin Dickinson, Milton Avery, and Stuart Davis. Among European and Modern masters we have placed important works in public and private collections by Degas, Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Mark Tobey, Henry Moore, Lynn Chadwick, Ben Nicholson, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Philip Gusto

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Wishing a Happy Mother's Day to all! Strong, smart, creative, funny? What do you love and admire most about your mom's m...
05/09/2021

Wishing a Happy Mother's Day to all!

Strong, smart, creative, funny? What do you love and admire most about your mom's mind?

Alan Gussow (1931-1997)
Portrait Of My Mother With Her Mind And Her Hair, 1987
Pastel on paper
49.5 x 37 inches

Wishing a Happy Mother's Day to all!

Strong, smart, creative, funny? What do you love and admire most about your mom's mind?

Alan Gussow (1931-1997)
Portrait Of My Mother With Her Mind And Her Hair, 1987
Pastel on paper
49.5 x 37 inches

Happy Birthday to Alan Gussow, who was born on this day in 1931!Alan Gussow (1931-1997)Growth Rings - For My Birthday, 1...
05/08/2021

Happy Birthday to Alan Gussow, who was born on this day in 1931!

Alan Gussow (1931-1997)
Growth Rings - For My Birthday, 1993
Pastel on paper
37.5 x 49.5 inches

Happy Birthday to Alan Gussow, who was born on this day in 1931!

Alan Gussow (1931-1997)
Growth Rings - For My Birthday, 1993
Pastel on paper
37.5 x 49.5 inches

1, 2, or 3?Abe Ajay challenged the boundaries of mid-century #modernism, including elements of painting, architecture, a...
04/30/2021

1, 2, or 3?

Abe Ajay challenged the boundaries of mid-century #modernism, including elements of painting, architecture, and #sculpture into his practice.

He incorporated found objects into his works, including cigar molds, knobs, dowels, geometric blocks, and transparent paper. Each combination of these elements served as a continuation of the unexpected and of surprise.

Within Ajay’s artwork resonates temperaments of vitality, invention, harmony, rhythm and balance.

His work is represented in the permanent collections of the Guggenheim, Smithsonian, Metropolitan Museum of Art and more.

Driscoll Babcock represented Ajay during his lifetime, and the gallery’s association with the artist spans more than 20 years.

Abe Ajay (1919-1998)
TOTEM #1 (#6502), 1965
Painted wood construction, 25 ⅛ x 14 ⅛ x 3 ⅛ inches

POLYCHROME WOOD RELIEF #66W1, 1966
Acrylic on wood
20 x 27 x 3 1/2 inches

RELIEF PAINTING #471, 1971
Acrylic on canvas and polyester resin
50 ½ x 25 ½ x 3 inches

Edgar Levy’s work embraced Cubism, Fauvism, and Expressionism to the struggle between abstraction and non-objective pain...
04/28/2021

Edgar Levy’s work embraced Cubism, Fauvism, and Expressionism to the struggle between abstraction and non-objective painting.

In addition to being an artist, during his lifespan, Levy studied anatomy at the Harlem Hospital autopsy room, advanced mathematics at Columbia, and attended international scientific conferences in Europe.

Edgar Levy (1907-1975)
STILL LIFE WITH CLAY PIPE, c. 1935
Oil on canvas, 20 x 22 inches

Edgar Levy’s work embraced Cubism, Fauvism, and Expressionism to the struggle between abstraction and non-objective painting.

In addition to being an artist, during his lifespan, Levy studied anatomy at the Harlem Hospital autopsy room, advanced mathematics at Columbia, and attended international scientific conferences in Europe.

Edgar Levy (1907-1975)
STILL LIFE WITH CLAY PIPE, c. 1935
Oil on canvas, 20 x 22 inches

Edwin Dickinson created what Lloyd Goodrich called the “precise realism of dreams.”  #ArtworkoftheWeekHis subtle, natura...
04/26/2021

Edwin Dickinson created what Lloyd Goodrich called the “precise realism of dreams.” #ArtworkoftheWeek

His subtle, naturalistic skill belies a tendency to intertwine what appears to be visually both real and unreal, to explore perspective and light, and to distill abstract forms.

In 1937 Dickinson visited Les Baux and the ancient abbey of Montmajour. He created this drawing of Montmajour in Wellfleet, MA in 1943 from a photograph.

The drawing is a characteristic example of the artist’s “reminiscing” on a place which moved him.

Edwin Dickinson (1891-1978)
MONTMAJOUR, 1943, Graphite on paper
8 ⅝ x 11 ⅜ inches
Signed, inscribed, dated lower left: “E W Dickinson / Wellfleet 1943”
Inscribed on right: “from Les Baux de Provence G.L. Arlaud, Lyon”
Inscribed at bottom: “Montmajour”
Dates of buildings inscribed left to right: “1369 11th century 12th century / Fontvielle / 17th century”

Edwin Dickinson created what Lloyd Goodrich called the “precise realism of dreams.” #ArtworkoftheWeek

His subtle, naturalistic skill belies a tendency to intertwine what appears to be visually both real and unreal, to explore perspective and light, and to distill abstract forms.

In 1937 Dickinson visited Les Baux and the ancient abbey of Montmajour. He created this drawing of Montmajour in Wellfleet, MA in 1943 from a photograph.

The drawing is a characteristic example of the artist’s “reminiscing” on a place which moved him.

Edwin Dickinson (1891-1978)
MONTMAJOUR, 1943, Graphite on paper
8 ⅝ x 11 ⅜ inches
Signed, inscribed, dated lower left: “E W Dickinson / Wellfleet 1943”
Inscribed on right: “from Les Baux de Provence G.L. Arlaud, Lyon”
Inscribed at bottom: “Montmajour”
Dates of buildings inscribed left to right: “1369 11th century 12th century / Fontvielle / 17th century”

Carl Gordon Cutler (b.1873), is known for his pioneering use of #watercolor.By 1901, Cutler had exhibited at the Paris S...
04/24/2021

Carl Gordon Cutler (b.1873), is known for his pioneering use of #watercolor.

By 1901, Cutler had exhibited at the Paris Salon, The Art Institute of Chicago, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. In 1913 his work was exhibited at the inaugural Armory Show in New York.

Cutler made annual painting expeditions to Maine’s Penobscot Bay for 30 years. He reveled in the region’s brilliant sunlight and reflective sky and sea which seem to suspend time for the tree-clad hills, islands and harbors.

Cutler was a respected color theorist and in 1923 with Stephen Pepper he published a book on color theory that outlined a scale of 168 colors, as well as incorporating #emotion as a significant element in #artistic creation.

Cutler’s Maine watercolors constitute an important body of work within the American watercolor tradition, with other notable exponents of the medium including Winslow Homer, John Marin and Andrew Wyeth.

Cutler exhibited widely during his career in Europe and the United States including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

1. HILL TOP, c. 1913-1928
Watercolor on paper, 16 ½ x 24 ½ inches (sight)

2. VIEW TOWARD THE WATER
Watercolor on paper, 18 x 25 inches

New Yorkers hoofing it to the park on a sunny day. Happy #EarthDay. Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait (1819-1905) Down The Road: F...
04/22/2021

New Yorkers hoofing it to the park on a sunny day. Happy #EarthDay.

Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait (1819-1905)
Down The Road: Franklin County, New York, 1858
Oil on canvas, 36 x 55 ¼ inches
Signed and dated lower right: A.F. TAIT N.Y. 1858.

New Yorkers hoofing it to the park on a sunny day. Happy #EarthDay.

Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait (1819-1905)
Down The Road: Franklin County, New York, 1858
Oil on canvas, 36 x 55 ¼ inches
Signed and dated lower right: A.F. TAIT N.Y. 1858.

In recent years, Richard Wilson has come to be credited as having a profound influence on the development of Romanticism...
04/19/2021

In recent years, Richard Wilson has come to be credited as having a profound influence on the development of Romanticism and leading 19th century artists including John Constable.

John Ruskin observed that with "Richard Wilson the history of sincere landscape art, founded on a meditative love of nature, begins for England."

Wilson’s pioneering explorations in #landscape painting had a strong and enduring impact on future generations of British artists, including a profound influence on John Constable, Turner, and by extension to many American Hudson River School artists.

This drawing is distinguished by its provenance: it was acquired from the Herbert Brill Estate and is accompanied by the original bill of sale from 1965, inscribed Martin L. H. Reymert. It was also owned by Mavis Strange, London, and Roy Davis, New York prior to 1965.

Wilson was a founding member of the Society of Artists in 1760 and of the Royal Academy in 1768. He exhibited regularly for twenty years, before retiring to the country the year before his death in 1782.

Richard Wilson (1714-1782)
Meadow from the Edge of the Forest
Black chalk with slight touches of white chalk on blue paper
4 ⅞ x 9 ¾ inches

In recent years, Richard Wilson has come to be credited as having a profound influence on the development of Romanticism and leading 19th century artists including John Constable.

John Ruskin observed that with "Richard Wilson the history of sincere landscape art, founded on a meditative love of nature, begins for England."

Wilson’s pioneering explorations in #landscape painting had a strong and enduring impact on future generations of British artists, including a profound influence on John Constable, Turner, and by extension to many American Hudson River School artists.

This drawing is distinguished by its provenance: it was acquired from the Herbert Brill Estate and is accompanied by the original bill of sale from 1965, inscribed Martin L. H. Reymert. It was also owned by Mavis Strange, London, and Roy Davis, New York prior to 1965.

Wilson was a founding member of the Society of Artists in 1760 and of the Royal Academy in 1768. He exhibited regularly for twenty years, before retiring to the country the year before his death in 1782.

Richard Wilson (1714-1782)
Meadow from the Edge of the Forest
Black chalk with slight touches of white chalk on blue paper
4 ⅞ x 9 ¾ inches

Webster’s 1913 paintings of the Azores cliffs reinvent the spectacular beauty of the natural seacoast through the scorch...
04/18/2021

Webster’s 1913 paintings of the Azores cliffs reinvent the spectacular beauty of the natural seacoast through the scorching use of oranges, magentas, pinks, and turquoise.

Contrasting hues are applied in highly varied brushstrokes, building up the forms of the jagged rocks and churning waves.

Such fearless juxtapositions exemplify Webster’s approach, in which the breaking apart of color becomes the primary building block of composition and form.

E. Ambrose Webster (1869-1935)
Azores, 1913
Oil on canvas, 29 1/4 x 39 1/2 inches
Signed lower right: Webster

Webster’s 1913 paintings of the Azores cliffs reinvent the spectacular beauty of the natural seacoast through the scorching use of oranges, magentas, pinks, and turquoise.

Contrasting hues are applied in highly varied brushstrokes, building up the forms of the jagged rocks and churning waves.

Such fearless juxtapositions exemplify Webster’s approach, in which the breaking apart of color becomes the primary building block of composition and form.

E. Ambrose Webster (1869-1935)
Azores, 1913
Oil on canvas, 29 1/4 x 39 1/2 inches
Signed lower right: Webster

The images are from the 1941 Dealers Show for American Art, described as an exhibition of America’s most important artis...
04/17/2021

The images are from the 1941 Dealers Show for American Art, described as an exhibition of America’s most important artists curated by 11 American art dealers.

Pictured are Erwin Barrie of Grand Central Art Galleries (on the left) and Carmine Dalesio of Babcock Galleries (on the right). Both men were on the Sculpture Committee for the exhibition.

Dalesio joined the gallery in 1902 (at the age of 15!), and stayed for 57 years, eventually becoming the owner in 1940.

#fromthearchives #arthistory #babcockgalleries #artdealer #artfair #americanart #sculpture

Happy World Art Day! Share one of your favorite artists or artworks in the comments.Seen here is Winslow Homer’s “The Ga...
04/15/2021

Happy World Art Day! Share one of your favorite artists or artworks in the comments.

Seen here is Winslow Homer’s “The Gale,” which shows a fisherwoman with her baby, facing the elements, depicting man's struggle against natural forces.

Shown at the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago, the painting cemented Homer's reputation as one of America's preeminent painters.

In 1916 the Gallery sold Winslow Homer's “The Gale” to the Worcester Art museum for a then record price of $30,000, where it can be seen today.

Happy World Art Day! Share one of your favorite artists or artworks in the comments.

Seen here is Winslow Homer’s “The Gale,” which shows a fisherwoman with her baby, facing the elements, depicting man's struggle against natural forces.

Shown at the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago, the painting cemented Homer's reputation as one of America's preeminent painters.

In 1916 the Gallery sold Winslow Homer's “The Gale” to the Worcester Art museum for a then record price of $30,000, where it can be seen today.

French symbolist artist Edmond Aman-Jean is known largely for his portraits of women, often rendered in pastel, in addit...
04/12/2021

French symbolist artist Edmond Aman-Jean is known largely for his portraits of women, often rendered in pastel, in addition to murals in notable buildings including the Sorbonne.

Aman-Jean studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris under Henri Lehmann and it was here he met Georges Seurat, with whom he shared a studio in 1879.

In 1883 Seurat made a portrait of Aman-Jean working in his studio, which was shown at the Paris Salon that year. It was the first work ever to be exhibited by the young Seurat. The famed portrait is now in the collection of the Met Museum.

Edmond François Aman-Jean (1860-1936)
Portrait of a Lady, 1927
Pastel on paper adhered to board,
18 x 24 inches sight, 20 ⅜ x 27 ⅜ inches board size
Signed, dated & inscribed Paris lower left

French symbolist artist Edmond Aman-Jean is known largely for his portraits of women, often rendered in pastel, in addition to murals in notable buildings including the Sorbonne.

Aman-Jean studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris under Henri Lehmann and it was here he met Georges Seurat, with whom he shared a studio in 1879.

In 1883 Seurat made a portrait of Aman-Jean working in his studio, which was shown at the Paris Salon that year. It was the first work ever to be exhibited by the young Seurat. The famed portrait is now in the collection of the Met Museum.

Edmond François Aman-Jean (1860-1936)
Portrait of a Lady, 1927
Pastel on paper adhered to board,
18 x 24 inches sight, 20 ⅜ x 27 ⅜ inches board size
Signed, dated & inscribed Paris lower left

Today we remember Dr. John Driscoll, owner and director of Driscoll Babcock Galleries (and Babcock Galleries) for 33 yea...
04/10/2021

Today we remember Dr. John Driscoll, owner and director of Driscoll Babcock Galleries (and Babcock Galleries) for 33 years, who we lost to COVID-19 one year ago today. Driscoll was an admired scholar, historian, collector, mentor, patron, and friend. His legacy and passion for art remains a lasting inspiration, and his friendship a comforting memory.

Today we remember Dr. John Driscoll, owner and director of Driscoll Babcock Galleries (and Babcock Galleries) for 33 years, who we lost to COVID-19 one year ago today. Driscoll was an admired scholar, historian, collector, mentor, patron, and friend. His legacy and passion for art remains a lasting inspiration, and his friendship a comforting memory.

Can you guess the artist?This leading Hudson River School painter was a founding member of the The Metropolitan Museum o...
04/08/2021

Can you guess the artist?

This leading Hudson River School painter was a founding member of the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in 1870, and was honored with the museum’s first single-artist retrospective after his death.

We'll share the answer tomorrow!

Can you guess the artist?

This leading Hudson River School painter was a founding member of the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in 1870, and was honored with the museum’s first single-artist retrospective after his death.

We'll share the answer tomorrow!

Marsden Hartley sought a refuge for his restless spirit through his art; he aimed, both through poetry and paint, to att...
04/06/2021

Marsden Hartley sought a refuge for his restless spirit through his art; he aimed, both through poetry and paint, to attain a true connection with his mystical and spiritual roots, and to capture the essence of man and nature.

Mountain landscapes are a critical part of Hartley’s oeuvre, a subject he continually explored throughout every phase of his life.

In 1933-34, Hartley visited Bavaria and created not only a significant series of mountain paintings, but also a far-ranging group of works on paper, including silverpoint and charcoal drawings and a series of four lithographs.

Kofelberg Oberammergau and Waxenstein are two of the prints from this series. Hartley drew emotional sustenance from direct interaction with nature, and while in the Alps, he rendered the Bavarian terrain, resulting in a deft expression of the mountain’s massive forms and rugged contours.

1. KOFELBERG OBERAMMERGAU, 1934
Lithograph, 15 ½ x 12 ¾ inches

2. WAXENSTEIN, 1933
Lithograph, 12 ⅝ x 11 ¼ inches

Wishing you a Happy Easter and a blossoming Spring! 🌷 Alan GussowCool Spring Earth, 1986Pastel on paper, 37.5 x 49.5 in.
04/04/2021

Wishing you a Happy Easter and a blossoming Spring! 🌷

Alan Gussow
Cool Spring Earth, 1986
Pastel on paper, 37.5 x 49.5 in.

Wishing you a Happy Easter and a blossoming Spring! 🌷

Alan Gussow
Cool Spring Earth, 1986
Pastel on paper, 37.5 x 49.5 in.

When you hit a wall, hang some artwork on it!What's on your wall that brings you daily inspiration?
04/01/2021

When you hit a wall, hang some artwork on it!

What's on your wall that brings you daily inspiration?

When you hit a wall, hang some artwork on it!

What's on your wall that brings you daily inspiration?

Webster painted some of the most vigorous and visceral expressions of color in American art. It is said that when word o...
03/30/2021

Webster painted some of the most vigorous and visceral expressions of color in American art. It is said that when word of Webster’s death reached Paris, #Picasso shed a tear.

Closer to home, #EdwardHopper, one of Webster’s neighbors in Provincetown, paused to remember a painter in whom he “could find no flaw.”

Seeing a brilliant painting by Webster was, as the artist’s contemporary Charles Hovey Pepper commented, “like stepping from a dark room into the glare of open day.”

In the 1920s E. Ambrose Webster traveled to the south of Spain where he painted portraits of local people he met, as seen here. Over the years he traveled widely seeking the sunlight heightened color which inspired him.

Webster’s paintings remain startlingly innovative and evocative to this day.

E. Ambrose Webster (1869-1935)
SPAIN, 1921
Oil on canvas
20 x 24 inches
Signed lower left

#artworkoftheday #artworkoftheweek

Webster painted some of the most vigorous and visceral expressions of color in American art. It is said that when word of Webster’s death reached Paris, #Picasso shed a tear.

Closer to home, #EdwardHopper, one of Webster’s neighbors in Provincetown, paused to remember a painter in whom he “could find no flaw.”

Seeing a brilliant painting by Webster was, as the artist’s contemporary Charles Hovey Pepper commented, “like stepping from a dark room into the glare of open day.”

In the 1920s E. Ambrose Webster traveled to the south of Spain where he painted portraits of local people he met, as seen here. Over the years he traveled widely seeking the sunlight heightened color which inspired him.

Webster’s paintings remain startlingly innovative and evocative to this day.

E. Ambrose Webster (1869-1935)
SPAIN, 1921
Oil on canvas
20 x 24 inches
Signed lower left

#artworkoftheday #artworkoftheweek

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