Eric Sloane (1905-1985)
signed "Sloane" lower right
oil on board, 27 1/2 by 33 1/2 in.
titled lower left
Abercrombie & Fitch Co., New York, NY label on back
Eric Sloane was born in New York City in 1905. At an early age, he had an interest in art. After being taught lettering by his neighbor and typeface creator Frederic Goudy, Sloane beganpainting identification numbers on airplanes out of the factory of Bill Lear, who invented the Learjet.
After a few years crossing the country as an itinerant sign painter, the artist began his career in earnest in 1934 with a newspaper ad which read: “Eric Sloane – whose service is now available for oil paintings of your plane or murals of aviation themes invites inquiryconcerning art work...Estimates or ideas as sketches without charge.” He soon sold a cloudscape to Amelia Earhart, and would go on to paint an enormous mural of clouds at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. While studying clouds for his paintings, Sloane became an amateur authority on meteorology and published several books on the subject.
Sloane later shifted his interest to Americana and the landscapes of the Northeast. He was fascinated with antique wooden tools, and became known for painting red barns, stone walls, and covered bridges.
This classic Sloane depicts a gentleman and his dog returning from the hunt.
Provenance: Grant Nelson Collection
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