While landscapes comprised the majority of his output, Wendel was also a gifted still life and floral painter, as seen in Hydrangeas, Ipswich.
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The visually pleasing composition demonstrates the artist’s spirited brushwork when rendering the soft pink and white blooms of the bush under strong sunlight and although the subject might be traditional in nature, there is a touch of modernity in Wendel’s interpretation. Florals and still lifes were included in his 1918 exhibition at the Guild of Boston Artists, and inspired the following from a reviewer: “Mr. Wendel presents his flower studies modestly and makes no pyrotechnical display of gaudy color or starling highlights, but it is evident that the beauty and charm of these fragile things appeal to him deeply.”
 Jean Nutting Oliver, “Wendel Landscapes Excite Interest of Boston Art Colony,” Boston Daily Advertiser, January 22, 1918, 5.
By descent through the family of the artist
Buckley, Laurene. Theodore Wendel: True Notes of American Impressionism (North Adams, MA: The Artist Book Foundation, 2018), p. 158
Bringing to Light: Theodore Wendel, Vose Galleries, Boston, October 19 – December 7, 2019