Frederick Ballard Williams (American, 1871-1956)
Sun and Shadow, early 20th century
Oil painting on board
Signed to the lower right
Frederick Ballard Williams was especially known for his decorative and romantic paintings, often featuring woodland scenes with nymphs or aristocratic people of the Rococo era, exhibiting the influence of Antoine Watteau. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Williams studied at Cooper Union, the New York Institute of Artists and Artisans with John Ward Stimson, and later the National Academy of Design. He was part of the famous Santa Fe Railway and American Lithographic Company, alongside Edward Potthast, Elliott Daingerfield, Thomas Moran, and De Witt Parshall. This group eventually organized the Society of Painters of the Far West, including some Taos painters, and put together traveling shows beginning in 1913. Throughout his lifetime, Williams was a member of several artist organizations, including the National Arts Club, the New York Water Color Club, the Lotos Club, and the Montclair Art Association. He was also the founding President of the American Artists Professional League.
- wear to edges of frame; surface wear present to painting; dust and accretions present to frame and painting.
- measures frame; visible image measures 15.5" W x 11.5" H.