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    HENRY GOLDEN DEARTH (American, 1864-1918)
    Heather Plain, Easthampton, Long Island, 1890
    Oil on canvas
    20 x 30 inches (50.8 x 76.2 cm)
    Signed and dated lower right: H. Dearth / 90
    Old handwritten label from old stretcher bar with title preserved verso of new stretcher bar: #479 Heather Plain, East Hampton, L.I.

    Henry Golden Dearth was a Parisian-trained American painter who divided his time between France and the United States for most of his award-winning career, which was sadly cut short by a heart attack at age 53. Dearth's career can be divided into two periods. Before 1912, he was a Tonalist who spent the majority of his summers in France near Boulogne and Montreuil-sur-Mer on the English Channel where he had a home, painting the picturesque countryside with its cool silvery light. In the winters he painted the moody landscape of Long Island. These early works show a marked indifference to detail, a somewhat limited palette and a preference for low-key colors. In art critic Charles Buchanan's words, Dearth was more or less repainting Barbizon, but was "inexpressively exquisite" and "a supreme gentleman of aesthetics." After 1912, he altered his technique and painted highly-colored, decorative still lifes and figurative subjects with thickly applied pigment. His radical shift in style led him to petition the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1915 to replace his earlier work with a recent figure painting.

    Henry Dearth's landscapes from the 1890s to the early 1900s possess considerable delicacy, refinement, and imaginative feeling, and are among his finest efforts. The present work, recording the blooming heather fields on the sandy dunes of Easthampton, Long Island, show his conscientious attention to the facts of nature, combined with a notable poetic sensibility.

    Condition Report*: Re-lined canvas. Paint film in very good stable condition. Under UV examination the painting is very clean with minimal restoration visible. There is inpaint along perimeter of canvas infilling former minor frame abrasion, as well as a few scattered dots of inpaint in sky and on dunes. Framed Dimensions 35.25 X 45.25 Inches
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    May, 2012
    15th Tuesday
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