River from Big Bank
FES Title: River from big bank
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Date: 10/17/1938
Size: 20″H x 26″W
Medium: oil-on-canvas
Type: landscape
Inscription: lr: Frank E. Schoonover / 1938
Annotations: en verso: 2229
Comments: TP 6/19/03; form 6/19/03; index;
Commentary: Schoonover spent most of May through October each year (1914 – 1955) in the family summer home in Bushkill. He continued his illustrative work while there, but beginning in the 1930’s, he spent more and more of each summer working on easel paintings of the areas in and around Bushkill.
This easel painting is the first of nine landscapes of the same scene near Bushkill along the Delaware River. For this view, the artist set up his easel on Beck’s Landing along the Pennsylvania side of the river down the hill from the town of Bushkill. The rougher water coming in from the right side of the canvas, is the confluence of the Big Bushkill River with the Delaware River. Further along the shore on the same side is Hog Back Mountain.
On the left of the canvas, the New Jersey side of the river juts out into the river forming Wall Pack Bend, at the tip of which is Sandy Beach. Schoonover often paddled his canoe or rowed his rowboat, ferrying family members over to Sandy Beach where the family swam and picnicked. While they swam, Schoonover paddled out into the river to fish for trout or paint. Usually he came alone in the 1940’s and 50’s to paint, though occasionally his wife, Martha, came along and sat in the car while he worked. (archives)
See numbers 2296, 2383, 2387, 2392, 2400, 2415, 2420, and 2429 for the other versions of this view from the boat landing.
Provenance: Sold by artist to private collection