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Time Period:
Painted 1931 or ’32.

Location:
Stetson farm
West Hawley, MA

Medium:
Oil on Canvas

Type:
Landscape

Category:
Farms

Size:
25 X 30

Exhibited:
"widely" RSW

Purchased:
Miss Esther Garbose

Provenance:
NA

Noteworthy:

"Very much exhibited and praised canvas but for some strange reason one that has never sold up to this writing (1942)." RSW

Name later changed to Portrait of a Shadow

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Featured Artwork: The Little Farmhouse later renamed (Portrait of a Shadow)

Portrait of a Shadow
This painting's name was later changed to Portrait of a Shadow

RSW's Diary Comments

“Painted 1931 or ’32. A canvas I have loved myself and admired more than any other I ever made. Very much exhibited and praised canvas but for some strange reason one that has never sold up to this writing (1942). Painted from the lower field of he Stetson farm in West Hawley, of the back of the little farm house just below the Stetson place. Sold Nov. 1943, to Miss Esther Garbose of Gardner, Mass


Additional Notes

Boston Globe, March 10, 1931 by A.J. Philpott

"The Little Farm House is a picture which tells the story of Winter in one of the remote settlements in the hill country. The pioneer spirit that built New England is in that picture.”

Syracuse Post Standard, May 31, 1931. Art Chat, by Anna W. Olmsted.

" I love The Little Farm House which the artist says that he almost called this Portrait of a Shadow. And the portrait of a shadow does indeed constitute the center of interest --- a nice warm, never gloomy, shadow glowing with color, and laid caressingly alongside a touch o' sun. One is conscious of warm underlay and tawny depths beneath the surface, both in this and in Fall Flame."

Syracuse Post Standard, May, 1931

"The Little Farm House almost bears a secure little personality within that harmonious cottage secluded in a knoll. A rare comment was offered by the artist himself, concerning this piece: 'Really, it is the portrait of a shadow! --- a title I nearly gave the picture'"