While landscapes comprised the majority of his output, Wendel was also a gifted still life and floral painter, and in Rose Arbor he has merged all three pursuits. Using the curve of the trellis framework to compose the scene, the artist skillfully translated the glow of diffused sunlight on the leaves and earthen path with delicate brushwork and his intuitive color sense.
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Florals and still lifes were included in the artist’s 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. 95
Bringing to Light: Theodore Wendel, Vose Galleries, Boston, October 19 – December 7, 2019