New England covered bridge landscape painting by Robert Emmett Owen
(American, 1878-1957), oil on canvas. Dated 1936. Size: 16 inches x 20
inches, excluding carved giltwood frame. Signed lower left and titled and
dated on the reverse of the stretcher "Pittsburg, NH Sep. 12 '36". Condition:
Excellent original condition, with no in-painting or restoration. Offered in a
modern carved gilt-wood frame that is also in excellent condition. Robert E.
Owen was born in N. Adams, Mass. but moved to NYC in 1901 where he
became an illustrator for magazines such as "Life", "Harpers" and
"Cosmopolitan." In 1941, he closed his NYC gallery and moved to New
Rochelle to become artist-in -residence at the Thomas Paine Memorial
Museum. He exhibited his works widely, including at the National Academy
of Design, Penn. Academy of Fine Arts, Art Institute of Chicago, and Boston
Art Club. He is best known for paintings of the New England countryside,
including winding roads, farmhouses and covered bridges. This view is of
the Pittsburg-Clarksville bridge, which is the northernmost covered bridge in New Hampshire on the Connecticut River. It was built in about 1876, some
60 years prior to the making of this painting. This historic structure is 88'6"
in length and is now closed to vehicular traffic.