Kaula is best known for his delicate, cloud-filled New England landscapes, primarily painted around the Monadnock region in New Hampshire where he spent many summers in nearby New Ipswich. He earned special praise from critics, fellow artists and collectors for his sensitive handling of light and color and for his expressive skies, qualities shown in The River, North Branch, Antrim, New Hampshire. This scene was captured about twenty-five miles north of New Ipswich, and has remained in the same family for two generations after being purchased from a Jordan Marsh exhibition. Family lore suggests that it was awarded the popular prize at the show, and our research into this possibility is ongoing.
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By descent for two generations to private collection, Gloucester, Massachusetts
(Artist’s handwritten label) THE RIVER, NORTH BRANCH / (ANTRIM, N.H.) / WILLIAM J. KAULA / 311 FENWAY STUDIOS / 30 IPSWICH ST. / BOSTON, MASS.