George Ames AldrichLisa Wardell
Thank you everyone for your posts about Aldrich. I have one of his paintings of the river in Normandy. It is a common one. I hope it goes up in value. It is about $3,000. 20 1/2X24 1/2. Do you think it will?
My great uncle ( Richard van Allard) let Aldrich stay in one of his apt. buildings in Chicago in exchange for paintings, as he could not afford rent. I have one I grew up viewing in my home outside of Chicago, which I love. It is a beautiful scene of a stone cottage on a stream, with a woman working in the garden. We had several; I especially remember a charming water mill scene that my parents gave to some friends. I had the painting restored about 15 years ago, and it was well worth it. It will need another restoration soon as I live in a dry climate now. I was glad to find this site on line, hadn't seen it before, as I have wondered about the artist throughout the years. It makes sense that he often couldn't afford good materials, and perhaps this is why my painting looks like it will need more sprucing up soon. If anyone else has any more information, I'd be interested in hearing. Thanks, vhc
Many of Geo. Ames Aldrich's paintings unfortunately have not survived throught the years because he often could not afford quality artist materials and sometimes substituted poorer quality paints on his palette. My grandmother use to house and feed him at her home at
Eagle Lake, Edwardsburg, MI near South Bend after he would lose a bout with his alcoholism. She told me of a particular time she brought the hungry artist to the lake, set a bowl of fruit in front of him and told him he could not eat the fruit until after he painted it! She often painted with him as she also was an oil colourist.
There was a series of paintings (4) he did that were rather large (about 7 ft X 10 ft). Each canvas represented one of the four seasons. I can't recall the exact size as I have not seen them for as many as 20 years. The Valley American Bank in South Bend had "Winter" and one other season. I believe the South Bend Regional Museum of Art has another and I was told the fourth was lost, possibly in a fire.
My grandparents bought and/or traded artist materials for many of his works and there are quite a few floating around in our large family.
One distinct feature of his paintings is his very classical, yet post-impressionist way of painting trees in an elongated manner.
Although currently not for sale, my uncle and father have 8 of his paintings, from the 50's. I have seen many "crop up" around Chicago over the years,and, although not a first tier painter, he is very talented, and was not very well known outside of town until ten years ago. Aldrich did somewhat paint primarily for sales,(fast,few variations on themes and his color palette), so many works are still hanging around the environs of Chicago and its suburbs. Twenty years ago they were common here in antique shows and sold for $5-$1,000. at best. I believe there are two basic types, commercial and then his few exceptional pieces.
I am writing the catalogue raisonne on Aldrich, and would welcome any info, photos, correspondence, paintings etc. We currently have more than 400 works in the catalogue. Thanks!
Geo. Ames AldrichDavid Stafford
I have painting done prior to 1919 (do not have exact date) that was painted at Argue near Dieppe,France, where Aldrich studied with Thaulow. "A Gray Morning--River Argues Normandy" (Also known as "A Misty Morning--)
was recognized instantly by Sergt. Major Wayman,who lectured at the Rotary Club and High School during the second Liberty Loan. He had camped there and named the stream at once. Aldrich started to paint it in Europe and put on the finish over here. The painting includes a barn & river with trees possibly in the fall of the year.