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Visions of the North: Minnesotan Art & History

Tue, May 21, 2024 11:00AM EDT
Lot 31

Ada Wolfe "Mississippi River - Autumn" Painting

Estimate: $600 - $1,200

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Ada Augusta Wolfe (American, 1878-1945). Oil on canvas laid board titled "Mississippi River - Autumn Foliage" depicting an impressionist landscape of fall trees against a river landscape, 1935. Signed and dated along the lower left. Additionally inscribed "2007 Willow Ave No. Mpls. Minn. Sept. 1935" along the verso.

Ada Augusta Wolfe, born in Oakland, California in 1878, moved to Minneapolis at 11 and studied at the Minneapolis School of Art and the Art Students League in New York under notable artists like William Merritt Chase and Frank Vincent DuMond. Her work, influenced by painters like Rembrandt and Cezanne, won awards, including first prize at the Minnesota State Fair in 1914 for "Sails on Lake Minnetonka." Wolfe's artistic philosophy emphasized freedom and rebellion against commercialism. She taught art in Minneapolis and is featured in the book "Pioneer Modernists - Minnesota's First Generation of Women Artists" alongside other prominent Minnesota artists including: Wanda Gag, Frances Greenman, Clara Mairs, Alice Hugy, Elsa Laubach Jemne, Evelyn Raymond, and Jo Lutz Rollins.

Unframed; height: 16 in x width: 20 in. Framed; height: 24 in x width: 27 3/4 in x depth: 1 3/4 in.


The colors are bold and deep and the surface is stable. There are no losses or signs of restoration under UV light. Light wear to the frame. Some soiling to the verso, likely original to the artistic process.

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