(Benjamin) Franklin DeHaven (American,1856-1934)
The Old Stone Wall
Oil on canvas, signed and dated: "1889"
Painting: 14" x 20"
Frame: 22.5” x 27.5”
Franklin DeHaven was born in Blufton, Indiana. According to a local newspaper of the day, “DeHaven related that when about 13 years of age he had an intense desire to paint landscapes. The hills and streams of Western Pennsylvania, where he lived, sharpened the desire.” Little else has been recorded on his early years until he arrived in New York City in1886 and began his art studies with George H. Smillie. There he came under the influence of the Tonalists and the Barbizon School.
DeHaven never traveled abroad as was common with his fellow artists with the result that his work is purely his own and refreshingly American. His paintings, exclusively landscapes, are characterized by variety, excellent draftsmanship, and a thorough understanding of nature. Dramatic skies are almost always a major element. He painted and sketched outdoors all over New England, spending his summers in Tolland, Connecticut, returning to his studio in Manhattan in the winters.
DeHaven was a member of numerous art societies, most notably the National Academy of Design and the Salmagundi Club (president from 1926-27) where he was affectionately known as “Pop”. He was also a musician and maker of violins, counting a rare Cremona in his collection.
DeHaven’s work is represented in the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, the Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio, and the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio, among others.
Fielding, Mantle. "Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers"