Waldo Midgley, 1951
Watercolor on paper, 13" wide by 23.5" high, signed and dated lower left
"Waldo Park Midgley was born in Salt Lake City, Utah in the year 1888. Midgley was an accomplished painter that focused on oils and watercolors. He died in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1986.
Midgley spent much of his life as an artist living in New York City. While in New York Midgley joined the Ashcan artist group. His paintings were heavily influenced by his mentor Robert Henri.
He painted the newly completed Empire State Building before its communication tower was erected and tenants began to occupy its offices. The painting was shipped to Salt Lake City to Midgley's friend, Taylor Woolley, whose studio in the McIntire Building was used to prepare Midgley's exhibition at the Art Barn on Finch Lane.
Biography adapted from Artists of Utah."