Feb 06, 2007 - Sale 2102

Sale 2102 - Lot 6

Estimate: $ 40,000 - $ 60,000
PALMER HAYDEN (1890 - 1973)
Ocean Point, Maine.

Watercolor on illustration board, circa 1925-26. 255x380 mm; 10x15 inches. Signed in watercolor, lower right recto. Titled in pencil, lower margin verso.

Provenance: Ex-collection the artist's wife, Miriam A. Hayden, with the label sticker on the verso; Samella Lewis; private New York collection.

Exhibited: Harlem Renaissance: Art of Black America, American Federation of the Arts, New York, January, 1988 - October, 1989, with the museum label.

During the summers of 1925-1926, Palmer Hayden was lent the use of a cottage in Boothbay, Maine, and arranged to exchange labor for instruction, room and board at the Commonwealth Art Colony. He painted around Portland and Haverstraw on the weekends. He showed many of these landscapes and marine studies in his first solo exhibition at the Civic Club, New York, in April of 1926. In December, his oil painting of Boothbay Harbor won the Harmon Foundation prize, beating out the other finalist Hale Woodruff, and gained him passage to Paris. Theresa Leininger-Miller, New Negro Artist's in Paris, pp 71-72.