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Cortland Butterfield Vintage Mid Century Modern Original Catalogued New Hope Pennsylvania Watercolor Fine Art Painting " Backside Nude"
Cortland Butterfield Vintage Mid Century Modern Original Catalogued New Hope Pennsylvania Watercolor Fine Art Painting " Backside Nude"
Cortland Butterfield Vintage Mid Century Modern Original Catalogued New Hope Pennsylvania Watercolor Fine Art Painting " Backside Nude"
Cortland Butterfield Vintage Mid Century Modern Original Catalogued New Hope Pennsylvania Watercolor Fine Art Painting " Backside Nude"
Cortland Butterfield Vintage Mid Century Modern Original Catalogued New Hope Pennsylvania Watercolor Fine Art Painting " Backside Nude"
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Cortland Butterfield Vintage Mid Century Modern Original Catalogued New Hope Pennsylvania Watercolor Fine Art Painting " Backside Nude"

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Cortland Butterfield (1904 - 1977), fine original graphite and watercolor painting, entitled "Backside Nude". "Backside Nude", is a cataloged painting by Cortland Butterfield, and one of his more popular images, used also in a limited edition of black and white lithographs. This original cataloged watercolor painting by Cortland Butterfield displays the artist's finer work. The tones are reflective of light; the painting technique is highly masterful.
The painting is in the original mid-century modern frame, with an original mat. There is a very slight watermark on the bottom of the mat. There are no other condition issues with the entire piece. The watercolor painting is in mint condition. Painting is hand signed by the artist: lower left, in pencil, and lower right, in watercolor. Painting is still gallery sealed on reverse. Approximate measurements; sight seen, are 23"X17". In original mid century modern silver trimmed wood composite frame; the painting measures approximately 23"X 29.5".


Cortland Butterfield was one of the leading portrait artists of his time. Associated with the New Hope School of Art, the subjects of his naturalistic works in watercolors and oils ranged from people he met in his daily life to performing artists, including luminaries such as Pablo Casals and Margot Fonteyn. Always fascinated by faces, he used the sketches he had made as an art student in Greenwich Village as the basis for his well-known paintings of rabbis. An outgoing individual, he was very generous in also helping other artists in the New Hope area. He also helped found the American Opera Repertory Company, and later donated his portrait of Pablo Casals to the music school. Family members served as a great inspiration to him. An uncle who performed as a clown in an English circus was the start of his many clown paintings. His aunt, Carrie Butterfield, was a landscape painter who sparked his interest in painting at the age of nine and encouraged his painting efforts throughout his youth. With a painting technique rooted in the tradition of the Spanish Masters such as Velasquez, Goya, and El Greco, Cortland Butterfield established himself as a modern master of the portrait.
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