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Original nameplate from The Art Institute of Chicago
Label, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

In 1910, The Silence of Night was awarded the M. V. Kohnstamm Prize for the most commendable painting by The Art Institute of Chicago at their annual exhibition.

In William Wendt and His Work, the caption for The Silence of Night reads, “This beautiful picture belongs to the Chicago Art Institute, where it hangs in a place of honor, one of this famous gallery’s choicest treasures in American landscape painting (voted as one of the top four works in the entire collection, second only to George Inness’s masterwork The Land of the Heron). The composition is one of classic dignity, the slim sycamores looking like architectural columns at the entrance to a grove dedicated to the worship of Pan. The permeating moonlight is illusive and mysterious, suggesting that at any moment Pan may burst on the tranquil scene, a troop of dryads in laughing pursuit—or perhaps Bacchus and his shouting train.”

The Artist
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL 1911
[Sotheby’s New York, NY 2016]
Private Collection, Pacific Northwest

23rd Annual Exhibition of American Paintings & Sculpture, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, Oct 18 - Nov 27, 1910, no. 239
Third Annual Exhibition, Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C., Dec 1910, no. 160
Carnegie Museum, Chicago, IL, 1911
First Exhibition of Work by the Alumni of the Art Institute of Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, Jan 8 - Feb 7, 1918, no. 817
Images about the American West, Jundt Art Museum, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA, Jan 9 - May 13, 2017

Catalogue of the Thirty-Ninth Annual Exhibition of American Paintings and Sculpture (Chicago, IL: The Art Institute of Chicago, 1910), no. 239, illustrated
Los Angeles Times, Oct 23, 1910
Art and Progress, Dec 1910, p 46, illustrated
William Wendt and His Work (Los Angeles, CA: Stendahl Art Galleries, 1926), p 20, illustrated South Coast News (Southern California), Nov 25, 1927
Grace Hubbard, “Art,” The Wasp News Letter (Mar 21, 1931)
Ruth Westphal, Plein Air Painters of the Southland (1982), p 174, illustrated
Melville Holmes and Kathryn Brogden, “Jundt Museum Exhibition Images about the American West,” Art Chowder Magazine (Washington, Mar/Apr 2017), p 11, illustrated

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