City Lights Across the East River. c. 1933. Oil on board. 8 x 10. An atmospheric image in subtle grey tones. Housed in an 11 5/8 x 13 5/8 inch gold frame. Signed 'Vezin' lower left. $9,750.
Known for his impressionistic views of New York’s skyline and harbors, Charles Vezin forged an unusual, but highly successful, career in the early-twentieth century. Born in Philadelphia, Vezin graduated from the Pennsylvania Military Academy and founded a successful drygoods firm in New York. He decided to embark on an artistic career at the age of 41, training under William Merritt Chase, John Henry Twachtman, and Frank DuMond at the Art Students League. Vezin divided his time between his business and his art for the next twenty years, painting every morning and evening, and began painting full-time in 1919. Rejecting the Modernists’ attention to (what he considered) human depravity and decadence—a frequent subject of his essays—Vezin portrayed the beauty of natural landscapes and the progress of urban industry.
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