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Walter Pach, Sunday Night (St. Patrick’s at Night), 1916, oil on canvas, 18 × 23 3/4".

Walter Pach

Francis M. Naumann Fine Art

Walter Pach, Sunday Night (St. Patrick’s at Night), 1916, oil on canvas, 18 × 23 3/4".

During the first years of the twentieth century, Walter Pach (1883–1958)—painter and polyglot scholar—was in Paris, world center of the thrilling shifts then occurring in art. Pach, already liberated by the American Impressionist William Merritt Chase (with whom he studied), was equally responsive to the “Art Spirit” that animated Robert Henri’s students, the Ashcan School painters. This attractive, counter-academic blend of influences would inform the urban views, still lifes, and portraits that Pach would paint for a lifetime. A range of this work was on view in this presentation of fourteen oils, two pastels, and forty-three watercolors.

Pach’s Paris years lasted from 1907 to 1914, allowing for notable friendships with Matisse’s American students Michael and Sarah Stein, as well as Michael’s siblings Leo and Gertrude, the pioneer collectors of Cézanne, Matisse, and

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