GUY WIGGINS PAINTINGS FOR SALE & BIOGRAPHY
"Guy Carleton Wiggins was the son of Carleton Wiggins, a painter of landscapes and animals. Wiggins first studied at his father's Art School in Connecticut and later enrolled in the National Academy of Design where he trained with William Merritt Chase and Robert Henri, after a brief spell studying architecture at the Polytechnic Institute in Brooklyn. At the age of 20 he was already well known and was the youngest American artist to have a work accepted for the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum in New York.
"Prior to the onset of World War I, Wiggins travelled to Europe and painted the English countryside. In England he met his future wife Dorothy Stuart Johnson. The couple returned to the US and set up home in Connecticut. He established a year-round art school, the Guy Wiggins Art School, in Essex. He liked to spend his winters in New York and summers in Connecticut. Wiggins' paintings reflect the influence of American Impressionism, a style of painting he would have encountered during his summers in Old Lyme. He is known for his snowy New York scenes, and Brooklyn Bridge in Winter is a quintessential example of that genre. He developed a style that incorporated the colour and techniques of French Impressionism along with emerging American concepts. Wiggins' unique style and abilities brought him early acclaim, and many awards and distinctions. Throughout his life he strove to maintain the integrity and independence of his style" (Benezit, Dictionary of Artists, Paris, 2006).
Addisdon Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
Figge Art Museum, Davenport, IA
Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, CT
Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT
Richmond Art Museum, Richmond, IN
San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, KS