“Painted 1933. The side porch of Mr. Howes of Swift River, Mass. When at one of the Corcoran Biennial Exhibitions, Cecelia Beaux made the assertion that she considered it the handsomest painting in the show---and that she would buy it herself if financial times were not so hard. Exhibited very largely about the country. Sold, March, 1942, by Harold Grieve of Hollywood for me, to a high executive of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures of Culver City, California, Mr. Bernard H. Hyman.”
This painting was originally taken by Harold Grieve to California and was sold to Bernard Hyman. The photograph above shows it hanging in his dinning room. Some how and at some time of which we have no information, the painting was returned to RSW and subsequently sold to the George Walter Vincent Museum in Springfield, MA where it still now resides.
Like Harold Grieve, Bernard Hyman was a motion picture producer/writer/director of the 1920s and 30s. Produced
the Jean Harlow/Clark Gable comedy-romance "Saratoga" in 1937. He is interred next to Clark Gable at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.
For more information on Bernard Hyman and his filmography profile Click Here to view his IMDB page.
"...Contentment (expressed by a white house superbly painted, an old dog asleep in its place in the sun)....."
"April 26, 1935: During April, the American Federation of Arts, invited my oil painting Contentment which hangs at
the Corcoran Gallery in Washington D. C. on exhibition until May 5th ( and of course completely insured while there)--
to be included in a group to tour the country for an indefinite length of time--running into 1936. This painting and frame
are completely insured while in the hands of the American Federation of Arts. So this painting Contentment can be
crossed off my insurance list until you hear from me further that it is back in my hands."
"January 11, 1932: motored to Swift River to see Miss Albro;---made drawing of ell of Howes Farm, ready for painting."