New Jersey Farm

ShulgoldWilliam - New Jersey Farm.JPG
ShulgoldWIlliam - New Jersey Farm.JPG

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New Jersey Farm: A small, somewhat run-down farm is surrounded by trees and encroaching vegetation. There is a smoke stack in the background, indicating industrial transformations to area farmland. The painting’s earthy colors are somewhat tonal and sun-bleached; red and green tones provide the main contrast. Despite its beauty thhere seems to be a feeling of emptiness captured in this piece.

About the Artist: Born in Kaminietz, Russia, Shulgold’s family immigrated to Pittsburgh, PA shortly thereafter. After graduating high school he studied art at the Carnegie Technical Institute with Arthur Watson Sparks and George Sotter, then later with William Auerbach-Levy at the National Academy of Design. He also studied art in Paris and Florence. Shulgold began his career finding opportunities wherever he could: as a Carnegie student, he was awarded a prize for war poster design; in 1922, he created stage sets for a production of Booth Tarkington’s Penrod at the Irene Kaufmann Settlement theater; (Pittsburgh Daily Post 22 May 1918: 7; Pittsburgh Press 27 Nov. 1922: 17). Shulgold continued to teach students at the Settlement art school for several years. Meanwhile his paintings were exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Corcoran Gallery. In 1928 Shulgold moved to New York, although he retained close ties to Pittsburgh. By the 1930s he was becoming known as a portrait painter, albeit with his own specific views: “One may consider heads as a study in architecture. The shape is comparable to the structural design of a building. The features of a face are like the windows and ornamentation of the building” (Naylor). In 1943 Shulgold moved to California, where he was in demand as a portrait painter—for example, of Ronald Coleman playing the film role of Richard III in A Double Life—while continuing his work in other genres. One review of a 1951 show said that “In California he has turned to gayer moods and smaller sizes in pictures of flowers, nudes, and small portraits” (“Portrait”). 2 works at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. 1 more image at FAP.

Sources Consulted: Douglas Naylor, “ ‘Studies in Architecture’: Title Artist Gives Head Drawings,” Pittsburgh Press 4 Dec. 1932: 34; “Portrait of Ronald Coleman Impresses,” Los Angelest Times 18 July 1948: 56.


Shulgold, William 1897-1989








Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Oil Painting

Physical Dimensions

20 x 24 in.
Condition: spotted, written on