Rehs Galleries, Inc. is one of the world’s leading art galleries specializing in important 19th and 20th century works of art; with a particular focus on artists who exhibited at the Paris Salons and London’s Royal Academy between 1860 and 1920. This family gallery has had a long and noteworthy history. Begun in the late 1930’s, the gallery was the largest importer of 18th & 19th century paintings from Europe; bringing in close to 600 paintings a month. The firm was reputed to have bought out entire estates and large parts of auctions. Their style of purchasing was so grand that they were written up in The Bournemouth Times, Westbourne, England in November of 1958 when they purchased 60 paintings from one sale.
In the early 1960’s Joseph Rehs entered the business and continued with the then current mission of selling works on a strictly wholesale basis – supplying many of the art galleries throughout North America. By 1978 the gallery moved to a new location on the East Side of Manhattan and began to cater more to the design professional and private collector. Then in 1981 Howard Rehs entered the business. With his strong art historical background he and his father, have guided the gallery to its current position in the art world – one of the premier galleries specializing in important Academic and Realist works of art. As always the gallery prides itself on the quality and condition of the works it offers for sale.
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Current Research Projects:
Julien Dupré (1851-1910) - Catalogue Raisonné
Daniel Ridgway Knight (1839-1924) - Catalogue Raisonné
Emile Munier (1840-1895) - Virtual Checklist: www.emilemunier.org
Louis Aston Knight (1873-1948) - Virtual Checklist: site under construction
Henry H. ParkerBiography of the Artist
Henry H. Parker
(1858 - 1930)
The Thames at Pangbourne
Oil on canvas
24 x 36 inches
Henry H. Parker
(1858 - 1930)
Henry H. Parker was a British artist working at the end of the Victorian Era. It is believed that he was born in London and was based there for most of his life. Like many of his contemporaries, he concentrated on painting "pure" landscapes - a genre that he mastered early in his career. His landscapes are lush and tranquil, frequently featuring a loan figure in a boat or walking down a country path. The scenes are often sunny and bright and the waters are calm and soothing. Parker's style shows a great influence by the Impressionists, through his use of bright colors and quick brush strokes, but a definite understanding of the Academic principals is also displayed. This style of painting was very typical for the late Victorian landscape artists who strove to incorporate the new Impressionist techniques in their more traditional paintings. His landscapes and skies were created with a free, but controlled, application of paint while the watery areas of his work were handled in the more traditional way - using glazes to create depth and reflections. The paintings are well composed, beautifully balanced and capture the landscape in its most pure and natural state. This colorful and free look was a welcome relief to the traditional Victorian landscapes of the previous decades and this, coupled with Parker's choice of subject matter, brought him great success. His favorite locales were in Surrey, Kent and Wales - especially views on the Thames – and he would often sign and title his works, with their exact location, on the reverse. While there are not definite records to prove this, his work shows great similarity in both technique and subject matter to that of Benjamin Williams Leader (1831-1923); if he was not a student of Leader’s, he definitely studies his works. It is interesting to note that Parker was one of only a handful of important Victorian artists who never exhibited at the major exhibition halls in England during their lifetime.