William T. Trego: Catalogue Raisonne

The Rebel Deflection, n..d.

Courtesy of Syd and Sharon Martin

Vital Statistics

Alternate title: The Blue and the Gray
Oil on canvas, 24 x 36 inches
Unsigned
Collection of Syd and Sharon Martin

Commentary

The painting shows a small group of Confederate and Union cavalrymen engaged in very close combat. On the far left of the composition, a Rebel has been mortally wounded, perhaps by the sabre-wielding Yankee just head of him, while on the right another Rebel is firing his pistol at the Union flag bearer at point blank range. Sketchy figures of other cavalrymen suggest that this is one small episode of a much larger event. The vignette of the foremost rider, arm and sabre upraised, framed against the rippling American flag, is one of Trego's most powerful images.

Provenance

Originally owned by Walter E. Baum, it passed to Baum's son, Robert "Bert" Baum, who owned it as late as 1992 when it was inventoried by Cory Amsler, curator at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown. It subsequently became the property of Eleanor Paradee. After her death, it was auctioned by Sotheby's on 8 April 2011 and purchased by the current owner.

Exhibitions

Doylestown, Pennsylvania, James A. Michener Art Museum, June 3-Oct 2, 2011: "So Bravely and So Well: The Life and Art of William T. Trego."

Condition

The painting was described by Sotheby's in March 2011 as being "in fair condition." The canvas is lined. The surface has considerable craquelure, with cupping. Under UV examination, it is apparent that there has been a substantial amount of inpainting.



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