As he had in Giverny, Wendel found plenty of inspiring subject matter both close to his home on County Street and among the fields and marshes of the family’s Lower and Upper Farms on Argilla Road. Many of these paintings show the day-to-day activity of a working farmstead, but often the play of light and color on the marshes and nearby groves offered pleasing compositions, as seen in Trees along the Marsh.
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With spirited brushwork and an engaging palette, especially in rendering the sun-tinged oranges and golds of the leaves, Wendel transformed an ordinary subject into a brilliant spectacle of late summer warmth and charm, and even conveyed the feeling of humidity in the air where the glowing sky meets the trees on the horizon.
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Bringing to Light: Theodore Wendel, Vose Galleries, Boston, October 19 – December 7, 2019