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The Prints of Ernest Fiene:
A Catalogue Raisonné -- in progress
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Connecticut Winter
Catalogue Entry # 72
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Date: 1934

Medium: Lithograph

Edition: 70

Dimensions: 9 7/8 x 14 in.

Printer: George C. Miller

Typical pencil annotations on impressions from the edition: Just below the image: numbered and titled (l.l.), signed and dated (l.r.)

Public collections holding this print: BMA; JMA; NYPL; PhMA; SC UVFL

Topic galleries for this print:
1. Farm/Ranch Scenes
2. Winter Scenes


Dedication: A numbered impression (30/70) is dedicated, "To Edith G. Halpert affectionately." Halpert was the proprietor of the Downtown Gallery in New York City, his dealer at the time the print was issued.

(photo courtesy of Annex Galleries)

A second numbered impression, (54/70) in the Cone Collection of the BMA, is inscribed "To Miss Etta Cone with our Best Wishes Jeanette and Ernest Fiene 34," where everything in the inscription except the artist's signature and the date are in the hand of the artist's first wife, Jeanette Fiene.

Reproduced in: Art Digest, March 15, 1935; Esquire, June, 1938, p. 58.

Setting: In 1933 Fiene established a country residence in Southbury, Connecticut and the surrounding countryside became the subject for many paintings and prints including this lithograph. (See Chronology.)

Commentary: New York Times art critic Edward Alden Jewell writes on December 9, 1934, "It may be doubted whether he has produced from the stone anything more altogether admirable than this spacious and exquisite modulated landscape, imaginatively wrought from the point of view of design, and so full of color." (Presumably Jewell uses "color" metaphorically here.) (As quoted in Handbook of the American Artists Group 31)

Stamps: Many impressions of this print bear, on the reverse, one or more of the stamps of the Downtown Gallery. The BMA impression bears, on the reverse, the Cone Collection stamp -- the name "Cone" in light green ink.

Related Works: A painting, "Winter Evening, Connecticut" with a very similar composition to Connecticut Winter is illustrated in Art Digest, March 1, 1934, p. 1 (whereabouts unknown). A number of other oils with compositional features similar to this lithograph, were done in the mid to late 1930's, including the work illustrated below.

Winter in Southbury, c. 1935, oil on board, 7 1/2 x 14 in. (private collection)

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