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by Jeffrey Coven
The Prints of Ernest Fiene:
A Catalogue Raisonné -- in progress
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Old Church, Connecticut
Catalogue Entry # 74
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Date: c. 1935*

Medium: Lithograph

Edition: Currently Unknown (CU)**

Dimensions: 6 5/8 x 8 1/2 in.

Printer: George C. Miller

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

Public collections holding this print: MM**, Yale

Topic galleries for this print:
1. Churches
2. Nocturnes
3. Winter Scenes


*Date and Setting: Although some impressions of Old Church, Connecticut are dated 1935, the lithograph was most likely created in 1934. As the photo below shows, Old Church, Connecticut was printed on the same sheet as Newtown Church, 1934. Furthermore, Old Church was included in the 8th annual American Printmakers exhibition held at the Downtown Gallery in December, 1934.

More than likely Fiene made both prints in 1934 but didn't sign, date or issue the full edition of Old Church, Connecticut until the following year.

One impression at the Mattituck Museum, Waterbury, CT is inexplicably dated "52." The museum calls their impression "Church in Southbury." Fiene maintained a residence in Southbury, CT from 1933-late 1950's.

(Photo courtesy of Mattituck Museum)

**Edition: If all impressions of Newtown Church and Old Church, Connecticut were printed on the same sheet at the same time, it stands to reason that the number of impressions would be the same for both. The only hint at what this number might be is the impression of Newtown Church numbered "3/51." If this annotation is correct, it is anomalous because almost all editions of Fiene prints appear in multiples of 10. (The three known exceptions are Jean {15}, Razing Buildings . . . {7} and {Winter Evening {206}).

Commentary: Fiene comments on his "gray and somber" church scenes, "I wanted to find my own reality. This mood runs through . . . a series I did of Connecticut churches" (Buitar 93).

Related Work: "Winter Evening, Conn.," a painting, illustrated in "The Art Digest" for March 1, 1934, (and exhibited starting on Feb. 1, 1934 in New York's First Municipal Art Exhibition held in the Forum of Rockefeller Center), is very similar to the lithograph -- but not exactly the same, as is so often the case with Fiene lithographs corresponding to paintings.

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