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Stroll in Washington Square: Guy Carleton Wiggins, Artist

stroll_in_washington_square_1950_guy_carleton_wiggins_1Artist Guy Carleton Wiggins portrayed snowy Washington Square in many of his paintings. I love this 1950 portrait of an elegant lady in red with dog with the Arch as backdrop titled Stroll in Washington Square, which was sold at Sotheby’s in 2001.

Wiggins studied with other artists of the Old Lyme Art Colony in Connecticut which was “established in 1899 by American painter Henry Ward Ranger, in its time [it was] the most famous art colony in the United States, and the first to adopt Impressionism.” In 1937, Wiggins established his own art school in the nearby town of Essex, Connecticut. Wiggins’ work is included in many collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Brooklyn Museum, National Gallery of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Guy Carleton Wiggins lived from 1883-1962. His son, Guy Arthur Wiggins, is now in his ’90s, and, according to a 2011 article in the New York Times on this family of painters, worked out of a studio on West 4th Street.

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