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ALLAN ROHAN CRITE (1910 - 2007) Untitled (Study for Sunlight and Shadow).
Watercolor, pen and ink on wove paper, mounted to illustration board, 1940. 280x380 mm; 11x15 inches. Signed, initialed and dated "Aug. 1940" in ink, lower right.
Provenance; private collection, Boston; thence by descent, private collection (2010).
This charming watercolor by Allan Rohan Crite is a scarce and significant example of a large 1940s watercolor and a study for an oil painting. The watercolor is a preparatory work for Crite's 1941 oil painting Sunlight and Shadow in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC. This early composition has a number of notable differences in the grouping and figures included. It depicts a group of three generations, a gathering of women and children, in Madison Park in Boston's South End. The title refers to the dappled sunlight through the shady trees; the artist's interest in light is more apparent in the later oil painting.