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Old Lyme Farm in Winter, Oil on Canvas, 24 x 30, Signed, with Exhibition Labels
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Curator's Comments: Noted art scholar William Gerdts tells us that the second generation of
American impressionists gathered in three colonies, with the New York school painting in
Old Lyme and later Woodstock. (New Hope, PA--led by Redfield--and Boston/Gloucster
under Tarbell formed the other centers.) In Connecticut, the Lyme painters led by Henry
Ward Ranger and later Guy Wiggins lived first in Florence Griswold's bed and breakfast
known as "The Gris." And William Chadwick (
1879 - 1962), a painter's painter, was at the
center of the group. Chadwick constantly revised his work and produced some of the
greatest paintings to come from Lyme. Many are in Museums--and our work has been
widely exhibited nationwide--it is one of the few Chadwick masterpieces still in private hands.

William Chadwick was born in England to Mary Alice Earnshaw and Day Chadwick. Having
established a successful manufacturing business of woolen fabrics in England, Day Chadwick
relocated his factory to Holyoke, Massachusetts, in 1882, to take advantage of the growing
American market. Shortly after his high school graduation, the son moved to New York,
where he enrolled in the Art Students League. In the fall of 1898, he entered the class of
John H. Twachtman. Among his other teachers were George B. Bridgman, Kenyon Cox, and
Joseph R. DeCamp. In the spring or 1902, he went to Old Lyme, and took quarters at the
Gris, helping to shape what was about to become a colony of American impressionists. In the
spring of 1903 he showed at the Society of American Artists, his debut as a professional
artist, and he became treasurer of the Art Students League. By the spring of 1907, Chadwick
was confident enough of his work to submit two paintings to the National Academy of Design
annual and a year later he showed his work for the first time at the annual of the
Pennsylvania Academy, and for a time he exhibited regularly at various venues. The
Salmagundi Club was the only organization that Chadwick was interested in joining. In New
York, he shared studio space with Harry Hoffman and Howe Foote But it was in Rome,
where he worked with Colin Campbell Cooper, that he began painting more plein-air
impressionist landscapes than figurative and genre subjects. And returning to Lyme, his
impressionism literally blossomed. While RH Love thinks Chadwick was influenced by
Frieseke's use of color, in Old Lyme he was much more influenced by Willard Metcalf and
Walter Griffin. Vonnoh was another influence. In 1915, he purchased a home in Old Lyme,
and lived there for the next forty years.  Chadwick executed striking examples of American
impressionism during his lifetime. He died at age eighty-three in Old Lyme.

Old Lyme Farm in Winter shows Chadwick's technique to perfection. There is the gradation
of tones from striking color in the foreground to hazy tones in the distance. It is a time of
thaw in the soft New England winter when the landscape awaits renewal. But its promise in
the bold reds of the water reeds reflected in the stream itself tells us that nature will spring
forth and return life to the human structures awaiting rebirth. These structures with their
sloping roofs, linear fences and gates have given way to the season of slow time in a
masterpiece of pallette that shows why Chadwick was so highly respected by his peers. We
are proud to offer a true New England icon that has been exhibited at the Lyme Historical
Society, Dixon Gardens, Meadows Museum, Wistariahurst, Butler Institute, Griswold
Museum, Springfield Art Museum, Cohen Memorial Museum, Rahr-West Museum, and the
RH Love Galleries, among other venues
.
Chadwick's Masterpiece--Old Lyme Farm in Winter--Is
From The Spanierman Collection
The Artist, ca. 1940
New England Spring
brought over $98,000
On the Porch shows Flo Griswold's daughter
-- of Philip Hale's 'Crimson Rambler' fame.