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Francis Vandeveer Kughler (American, 1901-1970), "Summertime at Hell's Gate" (Manhattan), oil on canvas, signed

Francis Vandeveer Kughler (American, 1901-1970), "Summertime at Hell's Gate" (Manhattan), oil on canvas, signed

Item Description:

Signed lower right Francis Vandeveer Kughler, bearing a label on reverse with title, framed


Canvas needs to be re-stretched. Minor soling. Please contact for specific condition questions. Not examined out of the frame. Lofty does not guarantee the condition or authenticity of frames.


Private collection, Connecticut.


Height 16 in. x Width 20 in. (sight)

Height 21 in. x Width 25 in. (frame)

About The Artist:

Francis Vandeveer Kughler was an American artist who specialized in landscapes and portraiture. He was born in New York City and lived and worked in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx, New York. He was educated at the National Academy of Design and the Cooper Union in New York City. In 1925, Kughler won the Tiffany Fellowship and an opportunity to study his craft at Louis Comfort Tiffany's estate in Oyster Bay, Long Island.

He was a member of and held leadership positions at the Salmagundi Club, one of the oldest artists clubs in the nation, as well as the Artists Fellowship. During World War II, Kughler participated in the war effort by offering to create portraits for any young woman who enlisted in the Women's Army Corps in 1943. After Kughler had completed 53 portraits, he donated them to the war art collection of the Hudson River Museum.

Kughler is well known for his murals dedicated to the state of North Carolina at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. These murals, completed in 1960, depict important events in the state's history. Kughler used his friends as well as Chapel Hill residents as models for the murals. Among many other honors and awards, Kughler was awarded the Salmagundi Prize in 1944. His work is in the collections of the Hudson River Museum in New York as well as the Museum of Art in Oslo, Norway. In 1953, Chapellier Galleries in New York City honored Kughler with a retrospective of his work. Upon his death in 1970, Kughler's widow gifted one of his paintings to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Summertime at Hell's Gate is likely a view of the New York City skyline from Randall's Island, New York overlooking the East River. Kughler juxtaposes the tall weeds in foreground with the City's skyscrapers in the background. From this perspective, the plants overtake the skyline and become the main focus of the work. This landscape scene offers comment on industrialization and the persistence and vitality of nature in spite of humankind's will to subjugate it.


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Francis Vandeveer Kughler (American, 1901-1970), "Summertime at Hell's Gate" (Manhattan), oil on canvas, signed

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