Harold LeRoy Olmsted (1886-1972)
*Exhibition Extended*



Exhibition:
Saturday, June 11, 2022-Saturday, August 6, 2022


Opening Reception - Saturday, June 11, 10am - 2pm

*The exhibition has been extended until August 6, 2022*

 

Harold LeRoy Olmsted (1886-1972)

 

Artist page with complete bio and addtional works link

 

Meibohm Fine Arts is honored to present works from the estate of Harold LeRoy Olmsted (1886-1972), along with works by his friend Robert North (1882-1968) and granddaughter Susan P. Maxfield (1944-2019). Olmsted was an artist, professional architect, landscape designer and lecturer from Buffalo, NY with an enduring reputation for his distinctive style and portrayal of the natural world. Olmsted was a staunch individualist with a wonderful sense of humor and quick wit, affording him many lasting friendships and relationships that inspired this exhibition.

Before the age of ten, Olmsted determined that painting was an unmarketable commodity that was to be pursed strictly for pleasure. Steadfast in his love of art and under the guidance of his neighborhood art and music teacher, Miss Alice Muzzey, Olmsted explored the subtleties and intricacies of his surroundings which he included in innumerable sketches, paintings, and letters from a very young age. Mentors during his education at Harvard University gave his work further adeptness and vision which he applied to countless travel journals and drafting images throughout his professional career. Olmsted once referred to his travels saying that “the day lives on in that sketch.” He also drew inspiration from his residences on Bryant Street in Buffalo, NY and Main Street in Springville, NY as well as the family property known as Olmsted Camp in Sardinia, NY. The heart-warming images depicted throughout this exhibition are recognizable scenes from our everyday lives, perhaps even a simpler time that invite us to sit back and enjoy the view.

Olmsted’s devotion to his fellow man gave way to countless friendships throughout the Western New York Community. His influence supported both emerging and established artists and enriched the lives of art collectors, family, and friends.

“While I am a great admirer of the work of Harold Olmsted, it is not the artist I wish to write about, but the man himself. I think everyone will agree that Harold’s work will speak well enough for itself. But when I come to speak about the man, that poses a problem. How can I speak objectively about a person so lovable as Harold Olmsted? How to define the charm he exerts upon you? A visit from him (all too rare) leaves you feeling that a strong, fresh breeze has blown through the house, leaving you stimulated and refreshed. You might cite his keen mind, his knowledge of so many things, his unbounded energy and enthusiasm for life – these are important – but I think the real key is Harold’s almost unlimited interest in and love for his fellow man.” – Charles Ephraim Burchfield (1893-1967)

 

·                     Dimensions are in inches, height precedes width.                 

·                     All works are authenticated from the artists’ estate.

·                     All works are titled by the artists unless noted otherwise.

·                     ilr= initialed lower right; ill= initialed lower left; ilm= initialed lower middle; sv=signed verso

·                     Additional works by Harold L. Olmsted & Susan P. Maxfield are available through Meibohm Fine Arts.

·                     View the full exhibition and additional works at meibohmfinearts.com

 

Catalog of Exhibition:

 

1.         In the Shrouds

            (Off Marblehead with Welles Moot)

            14 x 9-7/8, watercolor                                                

            1000.00

2.         Receding Wave

            10-3/4 x 14-1/4, watercolor, ilr, 1929                         

            1000.00

3.         The Ariel

            20-1/4 x 27-1/8, watercolor                                        

            2600.00

4.         The Ariel off Portsmouth

            3-7/8 x 4-3/4, etching, c.1940’s                                 

            300.00

5.         Miss Muzzey’s Studio

            9-1/2 x 7, watercolor, 1897                                        

            600.00 (sold)

6.         Vacation

            (Armand Tibbets at Stony Brook)

            16-1/2 x 14, oil on canvas, 1966                                           

            1100.00

7.         Hopkins House, Sardinia, NY

            16 x 18, oil on masonite, ilr, c.1950’s                        

            1300.00

8.         Garden at Sardinia

            17-1/2 x 22-3/4, watercolor                                        

            1650.00

9.         Jet

            14-3/4 x 20, watercolor                                              

            1500.00

10.       Pasture Lot

            17-1/2 x 22-3/4, watercolor, sv, 1930                        

            1800.00

11.       View of Blue Hill

            15 x 19, watercolor                                                    

            1450.00

12.       Jake’s Backyard

            18 x 24, watercolor, 1920                                          

            2400.00

13.       Picket Fence

            24-1/2 x 19, watercolor, ilr, 1922                               

            2600.00 (sold)

14.       Back Fence

            23 x 18, watercolor, 1922                                          

            2600.00

15.       Bryant St. Backyards

            18 x 111-3/4, mixed media                                        

            1750.00

16.       Sketch for Philip Goetz Library

            18 x 22-5/8, watercolor, 1925                                                

            1500.00

17.       View from Ashland Ave.

            8 x 12-7/8, gouache                                                               

            700.00 (sold)

18.       Untitled- City View

            14 x 13, watercolor                                                    

            1500.00

19.       Robert North (1882-1968)

            Portrait of Harold Olmsted

            25-7/8 x 23-3/4, oil on masonite                                

            1000.00

20.       Rear of Bryant Street Houses

            23-5/8 x 17-7/8, watercolor, ilr, 1920                         

            2800.00 (sold)

21.       Dwarfie on Calfie

            28 x 22, watercolor, 1920                                          

            2500.00

22.       Discarded Christmas

            7-1/2 x 5-1/2, watercolor                                            

            450.00

23.       Christmas Tree at Bryant St.

            8 x 6, etching, 2nd state no. 2, 1941                         

            400.00

24.       An Attempt at Tulips

            9-5/8 x 13-5/8, watercolor, ilr                                     

            850.00

25.       Webster’s Dictionary

            20-1/4 x 15-3/4, watercolor, 1922                             

            1350.00

26.       Untitled- Old Stove

            14 x 9-3/4, pastel                                                       

            750.00

27.       Robert North (1882-1968)

            Harold n’Evies House, Springville, NY

            16 x 20, oil on canvas-lined board, slr                                   

            950.00

Work by Susan Peterson Maxfield (1944-2019)

28.       Clay Banks

            11-1/8 x 18-1/4, watercolor, ilr, 1998                         

            700.00

29.       Winter Weeds #4

            9 x 11-1/2, India inks on silk, ilr, 2013                                   

            750.00 (sold)

30.       Cattaraugus Creek View

            12 x 17-1/2, watercolor, ilr, 1991                                           

            800.00

31.       Winter Weeds #5

            8-1/2 x 11-1/2, India inks on silk,

            ilm, 2013                                                                                

            750.00

32.       Downstream at Forks Creek

            5-1/4 x 16, oil on artist board, ilr, 1996                                  

            600.00

33.       Early Autumn

            5-1/2 x 15-3/4, oil on artist board,

            ill, 1995                                                                                   

            600.00

34.       Thistles

            27-1/2 x 22-1/4, mixed media                                                

            1300.00

35.       Tiger Lily

            22 x 15, carbon pencil, ilr, 2004                                            

            475.00

36.       Day Lily

            22 x 15, carbon pencil, ilr, 2004                                            

            475.00

37.       Boneset

            22 x 15, carbon pencil, ilr, 2008                                            

            475.00

38.       Untitled- Tree

            22-1/2 x 15, watercolor                                                          

            725.00

39.       Milkweed I

            22 x 15, mixed media, ilm                                                      

            1000.00 (sold)

40.       Queen Anne’s Lace

            15 x 11, mixed media, ilr                                                       

            700.00 (sold)

41.       Summer Grasses V

            15 x 11, mixed media, ilr                                                       

            700.00

42.       Summer Grasses VI

            15 x 11, mixed media, ilr                                                       

            600.00

43.       Grasses II

            15 x 11, mixed media, ilr                                                 

            600.00

 

 

 

 

 

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