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Shepler, Dwight Clark (American)
1905 - 1974

Marguerite Kairan, pencil, signed/dated 1933 l/r,
16" x 12" unframed.

About the Painting: Very good condition. A fine drawing of a young woman.

About the Artist: A painter, educator, graphic artist and illustrator, Dwight Shepler was a Navy combat artist during World War II from 1942 to 1946 and was awarded a Bronze Star for his achievements. He served on a destroyer in the Pacific and recorded action there as well as the D-Day invasion in France, and from his observations, painted more than 300 combat scenes. Many of his war illustrations appeared in American publications including "American Heritage" and "Life" magazine.

After the war, he became a pioneering watercolorist and did many landscape scenes including the ski country in New Hampshire where he was a member of the Concord Art Association. He also completed numerous portraits, did habitat backgrounds for the Boston Museum of Science and mural decorations for the US Naval Academy , Williams College and the Schubverein Ski Club in Glen, New Hampshire.

Shepler was born in Everett, Massachusetts and studied at the Boston Museum School of Fine Art from 1928 to 1929 and at Williams College, where he earned a BA degree in 1928. He was active in Boston and in 1969, served as President of the Guild of Boston Artists.

Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"

In addition to the dramatic battle scenes Shepler captured on paper and canvas, he was also very skilled at capturing faces. He coaxed a wide variety of people to sit for his pencil - from great commanders, such as Marine Corps Major General A.A. Vandergrift and Admiral William F. Halsey, Jr., at Guadalcanal, to junior officers and enlisted men, to local civilians and Japanese prisoners of war. The Navy Art Collection contains 225 original works by Shepler. About 150 of these are watercolors. The rest are works in oil, charcoal, pastel or pencil.

Source: The Biography from The Navy Museum-US Navy Art Collection

NOTE: This drawing was catalogued by the auctioneer with the name of the sitter. There is evidence that a label may have been affixed to the back, so it's presumed this was the source of the sitter's name.

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