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by Jeffrey Coven
The Prints of Ernest Fiene:
A Catalogue Raisonné -- in progress
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Mid-Winter*
Catalogue Entry # 83
(Click here for explanation of catalogue entry #s and titles.)


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Date: 1939

Medium: Lithograph

Edition: 250 (published by Associated American Artists)

Dimensions: 10 1/2 x 9 5/8 in.

Printer: George C. Miller

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

Public collections holding this print: CM; SFFAM; SAAM

Topic Galleries for this print:
1. Associated American Artists (AAA) Prints
2. Farm/Ranch Scenes
3. Winter Scenes

Notes

*Title: In a list of prints hand-written by the artist and dated June 14, 1958, Fiene specifies a print to which he gives the title "Cattle and Crows." This is also the title of a painting (oil on canvas, 56 x 60 in.), which is virtually the same image as "Mid-Winter." Nevertheless this catalgoue accepts "Mid-Winter," the title used by the publisher of the lithograph, Associated American Artists.

Setting: Although the subject matter and time of composition of this print seem more connected to Fiene's lithographs with western American locales such as Dust Storm and Cattle Round-up, its background of stone walls, a gentle hill and a church steeple, very similar to that found in the 1934 print Connecticut Winter, makes New England the more likely setting. This is confirmed by Fiene in a note (dated Oct. 26, 1944) accompanying a gift of an impression of Mid-Winter. The artist inscribed the impression, "To Virginia with best wishes"  In the note he wrote, "I am mailing you a litho, the scene is winter, a view from my house in Southbury, Conn. I hope you will like it."

Detail of Fiene's note explaining the scene depicted in Mid-Winter (courtesy of R. Van Almen)
Fiene's home in Southbury, CT
where he lived, while not residing
in New York City,
from 1933 through the late 1950's

Related Works: A Painting, "Cattle and Crows" (oil on canvas, 56 x 60 in.) is virtually the same image as the lithogaph. A tempera (See below.) may have been a study for the painting and/or lithograph.

[Cattle in Snow] c. 1938 tempera on panel, 28 1/2 x 36 in.(sight), signed lower right.

Waller-Yoblonsky Collection, Falls Church, VA.

(Photo courtesy of Wright Auction Galleries, Chicago)

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