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Sale 0920 Lot 19

ERIC SLOANE
American (1905-1985)
Bringing Home the Christmas Tree
oil on masonite, signed lower left "Eric Sloane"
24 x 31 1/2 inches

Provenance: Private Collection, Pennsylvania; Private Collection, New Oxford, Pennsylvania; Private Collection, New York.

Other Notes: Eric Sloane's depiction of this charming Pennsylvania winter subject represents a rare foray into a Christmas motif in Sloane's oeuvre. A similar Sloane scene last sold in 1993 for an artist auction record that endured until 1999. In Sloane's book entitled "The Seasons of America Past," he exclaims that Christmas is the most profound season of the year… Christmas is the one season that should outlast all others."

The painted decorations on the side of the barn are Pennsylvania Dutch hex signs, which grew out of the local fraktur and folk art traditions. The practice of painting them on the sides of barns began in the mid-nineteenth century when paint became affordable. The Eight Pointed Star symbolizes abundance and goodwill for all.

Tags: Regionalist, Regionalism, Christmas, oil painting, listed artist, New England, snow, winter


Estimate $20,000-30,000      Sold for US$17,500


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