Offered by: High Style Deco
27 W 20th St New York City, NY 10011 , United States Call Seller 212.647.0035


Jules Halfant "Rail Crossing: Middletown, NY" 1941

$ 4,475
  • Description
    This beautiful oil on linen canvas painting, entitled "Rail Crossing: Middletown, was executed by the esteemed artist Jules Halfant (American, 1909-2001). Informed by the work of the American Ashcan school and rendered in a Nabis color palate, the painting depicts a rail yard (in Middletown, New York- located in the Hudson Valley) replete with rail road tracks, lookout tower, and telephone pole among other urban elements in a highly stylized (and deftly executed) manner verging on abstraction. The sophisticated palate offers hues of limestone, mauve, wine and umber with flashes of marigold and azure that foreshadow the advent of color field painting that would come decades later. This is the work of an Mid Century master- self assured, avant garde and aesthetically exacting. The sophisticated palate and modernist sensibility of this work make it well suited to any style of interior from classic Mid Century Modern to contemporary. The work is signed "Halfant" in the lower right and is in very good vintage condition. It comes presented in a custom gallery frame.

    Jules Halfant was born in New York City in 1909, and spent the majority of his career in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. He is notable for his exquisite murals during the 1930s depression for the New York Works Progress Administration (WPA). While in the WPA, he worked alongside such well-known artists as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Milton Avery and Stuart Davis. From 1953 to 1988 Jules Halfant was Art Director of Vanguard Records where he designed albums featuring Joan Baez, Tom Paxton, Country Joe and the Fish, Buffy Sainte-Marie and many other musicians. His work is represented in esteemed private and institutional collections worldwide, including the Smithsonian Institute of Art and the Brooklyn Museum.

    American, 1941

    Dimensions: 27" high x 41" wide
    Canvas: 39.75"W X 25.75"H
  • More Information
    Documentation: Signed
    Origin: United States
    Period: 1920-1949
    Materials: Canvas, Oil.
    Condition: Good.
    Creation Date: 1941
    Styles / Movements: Modernism
    Incollect Reference #: 522101
  • Dimensions
    W. 41 in; H. 27 in;
    W. 104.14 cm; H. 68.58 cm;
Message from Seller:

High Style Deco was opened in 2004 by Howard Williams, starting out primarily featuring Art Deco furniture, lighting, art and accessories then expanding to include the best of Mid-Century items—resulting in a collection that represents the best of the 20th Century. In November 2012, High Style Deco relocated to a new six thousand square foot space that showcases their American and European inventory. NYC Location: 27 W 20TH ST, NEW YORK, NY 10011 p: 212.647.0035 e: INFO@HIGHSTYLEDECO.COM

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