The Bridge, 1949, oil on canvas, 32 x 24 inches, labeled verso “The Walter Feldman Trust for Artwork, Brown University,” titled and dated verso, Feldman’s business card verso; Exhibited: Walter Feldman: An Artist's Legacy at The Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston, Midway Studios, March, 2014; Literature: Leduc, Joe, Walter Feldman: An Artist's Legacy, The Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston (2014) (unpaginated) (illustrated with the title "The Roadway")
About the Painting
Walter Feldman painted The Bridge early in his career. Unlike his later expressionist and abstract expressionist paintings, The Bridge draws on recognizable, but abstracted and streamlined hard-edged forms. The work owes a debt to the precisionist artists of the prior two decades, particularly the paintings of Ralston Crawford and Niles Spencer, both of whom explored bridges and superstructures in their compositions. Here, Feldman has simplified and flattened the key components of the painting - the bridge structure and surrounding landscape – and adopted a palette that employs broad expanses of narrowly modulated colors.
About the Artist
Walter S. Feldman was an established artist and teacher. He received both a BFA and MFA from the Yale University School of Fine Arts and studied with de Kooning, Stuart Davis and Josef Albers. He taught at Yale from 1950 to 1953, when he joined the faculty of Brown University where he taught for more than the next five decades. During his long career, Feldman exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, and the Corcoran Gallery, as well as at other institutions in the United States and internationally. He earned a Fulbright Fellowship and Eliza Gardner Howard Fellowship. Feldman’s works are in the collections of many public institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art (New York). He is listed in Who was Who in American Art and other standard references.