Henry Golden Dearth


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Painter. Born in Bristol, Rhode Island, as a young man he worked with a local painter in Waterbury, Connecticut. After about four years in Paris, where he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts, he settled in New York in 1887. However, he maintained a summer outpost near Boulogne, in Montreuil-sur-Mer, where in many years he spent several months. Often his moody, richly worked landscapes depict sites nearby in Normandy. Reflecting Barbizon precedents, they suggest as well his aesthetic affinity with tonalism. An Old Church at Montreuil (Smithsonian American Art Museum, c. 1906–7) characteristically displays intimate scale, gentle harmony of tone, and romantic appreciation of nature. In the last years of his life, Dearth responded to impressionist and even postimpressionist fashions with high-keyed color, heavy impasto, and compressed space. He continued to paint landscapes, some including figures, but also produced decorative still lifes that often incorporate the medieval and Asian art objects he avidly collected. He died in New York.

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