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Albert Sterner, pencil drawing of a Mother & Child, 1898. Drawing: 11"x 14" in a frame 19"x 22".Labels on reverse for the Coe Kerr Gallery and the Paul Magriel Collection.(From the Smithsonian Museum of Art Renwick Gallery of American Art website:"Born in London, Albert Sterner began taking drawing classes in 1875 at the Birmingham Art Institute while still attending King Edward's School. Although his family moved to America, Sterner stayed with relatives in Germany until about 1879 or 1880. Rejoining his family in Chicago, he began working for a lithography firm and also painted stage scenery for the Grand Opera House, as well as doing some illustration. In 1885 Sterner established a studio in New York and began working for magazines such as Harper's, Scribner's, Century, and Collier's. He traveled frequently to Europe and in 1888 enrolled at the Académie Julian in Paris, where he studied with Gustave Boulanger and Jules Lefebvre. He continued to do illustration while also studying with Jean-Léon Gérôme at the École des Beaux-Arts. In 1891 Sterner first exhibited at the Paris Salon and received an honorable mention. In 1918 he returned to America and began teaching at the Art Students League in New York. Among the many institutions that presented exhibitions of his work were the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Carnegie Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago. He also won several major awards, including the Carnegie Prize at the National Academy of Design in 1941.(From the Coe Kerr Gallery website:"Coe Kerr Gallery was opened by Frederick Woolworth, on the upper east side of New York City in 1969. Part men's social club, part art gallery, it had a jovial and relaxed atmosphere. The addition of Warren Adelson, as painting Director in 1974, ushered in an era of expanded expertise, and pushed the Gallery to become one of the premier art dealers in New York. After Adelson left to start his own gallery, Woolworth ended up closing Coe Kerr in 1995.During its operation, the Gallery handled great works of art, most notably Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, and associating itself with the Wyeth family and Andy Warhol".The Paul Magriel Collection:(From the NY Times obituary)Paul Magriel, an art collector, connoisseur and former tour guide at the Metropolitan Museum of Art was educated at Columbia University, and in his early years became involved with the dance world. He was librarian at the American School of Ballet and was later curator of the dance archives at the Museum of Modern Art.He was an editor of ''Dance Index,'' a magazine started in 1942 dedicated to providing a historical and critical basis for judging dance. He was editor of many books on the subect, including ''Chronicles of the American Dance,'' ''Nijinsky,'' ''Isadora Duncan'' and ''Pavlova.''His collecting interests were wide ranging and included sports in art, American still life, numismatics, watercolors, drawings and sculpture. His collections were exhibited in more than 84 American museums and galleries.He was considered an authority on Italian Renaissance bronzes, and he had an impressive collection of watercolors and pastels, particularly those of 19th-century painters, including Sargent, Chase and John LaFarge.In 1980 a book was published called "The Paul Magriel Collection:American Drawings 1880-1965"by Mary Anne Goley.The book is currently available for sale on Amazon.com.This drawing shows a 1898 image of mother and child, with the quiet beauty and grace of great drawing master.


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Albert Sterner, pencil drawing Mother & Child, 1898

Estimate $200 - $300Oct 8, 2017