Although Guy Wiggins painted many New York snow scenes that would bring him prominence in American artistic circles, it was his paintings of his beloved Old Lyme and Essex, Connecticut that were much more personal to the artist. Taught first by his father, Carleton Wiggins, and later William M. Chase and Robert Henri at the National Academy of Design, Wiggins’ work was enthusiastically received from the beginning. Recognition came at the age of twenty when he became the youngest artist to have work accepted into the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and in 1919 he was elected a full member of the National Academy of Design.
When Wiggins was a student at the National Academy, Impressionism was the accepted basis of academic discipline. The artistic license of masters such as Childe Hassam and members of the “Ten” inspired the young artist and his style blossomed within this movement as he pursued the Impressionist form with an independent and passionate dedication. This was further instilled when Wiggins made the art colony in Old Lyme, Connecticut his summer home from 1920 to 1937. It was here in the early years of this century that impressionism germinated and grew from a French influenced aesthetic to something wholly native.
In 1937 when the Great Depression caused Wiggins difficulties in selling his paintings, he moved to Essex, Connecticut and founded the Guy Wiggins Art School. It was most likely during this time that Wiggins produced The Rabbit Hunter.
Private Collection Missouri
Joan Whalen Fine Art, New York, NY
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