oil on canvas (lined), unsigned, circa 1918, presented in a period appropriate carved and gilt wood frame.
SS 17.5 x 16 in.; DOA 24.5 x 23 in.
Born in New York, Ashe studied at the Metropolitan Art School and the Art Students League. He began his artistic career as an illustrator for books and magazines, including Collier's, Harper's Magazine, and Scribner's Magazine. Ashe also served as a White House artist correspondent for several publications during the administrations of President William McKinley and President Theodore Roosevelt.
The works presented here are examples of Ashe's work from this earlier period when he was working in a more impressionist style. They illustrate the influence of William Merritt Chase, at whose New York School Ashe taught. He met Robert Henri during this time and eventually adopted a darker social realist tone in his work. He continued teaching art throughout his lifetime, retiring to Charleston, SC in 1939.
Berry-Hill Galleries, Inc., New York, NY
From the Collection of Esther B. Ferguson, Secessionville Manor, Charleston, SC
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