John Fery (born Johann Nepomuk Levy) (Austrian/American, 1859-1934). Large oil on canvas painting titled "Red Eagle Pass" depicting the eponymous mountain in Glacier National Park in Montana. Signed along the lower right. The sweeping landscape captures the breathtaking essence of the glacier and the mountainous park which inspired many of John Fery's works.
Fery's paintings were often large format, sometimes reaching sizes of over one hundred square feet. He specialized in large landscapes of outdoor scenes, which attracted the interest of Louis Hill, son of James J. Hill, and owner of the Great Northern Railway, who would go on to be one of his largest customers. The works were hung in train stations and other locations to promote travel, particularly to Glacier National Park.
He never lived in one place for very long, traveling throughout the United States and visiting state and national parks whenever he could. At one point, he lived in Duluth where he and fellow Austrian-born painter Feodor von Luerzer painted murals for the Fitger Brewery tap room. Though a fire near the end of his life destroyed much of his sketches and many paintings, about 150 have been discovered after his death.
Sight; height: 35 in x width: 71 in. Framed; height: 43 1/2 in x width: 79 in.
The colors are bold and bright and the surface is stable. Craquelure throughout including several spiral cracks. Several areas of restoration and repair throughout; there are five large patches along the verso corresponding to the largest areas of restoration. Areas of in-painting throughout. The largest area of restoration measures approx. 5 inches x 4 inches. These areas of restoration appear under UV light. Wear along the extreme edges of the canvas where it meets the frame. Wear to the frame. Discoloration to the verso and stretcher consistent with age.
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