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Walter Gay

Library at Château du Bréau, Early 20th Century

Watercolor on Board
18 × 15 in
45.7 × 38.1 cm
This is a unique work.
$26,000
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Mark Murray Fine Paintings
New York
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Built in 1705, the four-story Château du Bréau was located on a 300-acre walled park near the …

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Built in 1705, the four-story Château du Bréau was located on a 300-acre walled park near the Forest of Fontainebleau. Walter Gay and his wife Matilda purchased the house in 1907, and hosted many famous names of the age, including Edith Wharton, Henry James, Elsie de Wolfe, Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt, John Singer …

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Walter Gay
American, 1856–1937
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Once dubbed “the dean of American painters in France” by the New York Times, Walter Gay spent much of his life in Paris. There he studied under and befriended Léon Bonnat—a teacher of Gustave Caillebotte, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Thomas Eakins, and John Singer Sargent—and showed at the Paris Salon. In 1882 he traveled to Barbizon and began painting light-filled scenes of French peasants. His 1889 marriage to heiress Matilda Travers gave him entrée into the city’s elite. He shifted his focus to the interiors for which he is best known, painting the stylishly opulent Belle Époque homes of his inner circle, which included the likes of writer Edith Wharton. These sumptuous portraits of rooms filled with lavish antique furnishings captured what Gay called “the sprit of empty rooms.”

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Mark Murray Fine Paintings
New York
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Built in 1705, the four-story Château du Bréau was located on a 300-acre walled park near the …

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Built in 1705, the four-story Château du Bréau was located on a 300-acre walled park near the Forest of Fontainebleau. Walter Gay and his wife Matilda purchased the house in 1907, and hosted many famous names of the age, including Edith Wharton, Henry James, Elsie de Wolfe, Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt, John Singer …

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Signed Walter Gay
Walter Gay
American, 1856–1937
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Once dubbed “the dean of American painters in France” by the New York Times, Walter Gay spent much of his life in Paris. There he studied under and befriended Léon Bonnat—a teacher of Gustave Caillebotte, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Thomas Eakins, and John Singer Sargent—and showed at the Paris Salon. In 1882 he traveled to Barbizon and began painting light-filled scenes of French peasants. His 1889 marriage to heiress Matilda Travers gave him entrée into the city’s elite. He shifted his focus to the interiors for which he is best known, painting the stylishly opulent Belle Époque homes of his inner circle, which included the likes of writer Edith Wharton. These sumptuous portraits of rooms filled with lavish antique furnishings captured what Gay called “the sprit of empty rooms.”

Walter Gay

Library at Château du Bréau, Early 20th Century

Watercolor on Board
18 × 15 in
45.7 × 38.1 cm
This is a unique work.
$26,000
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