The Monroe Heller Homestead
FES Title: The Monroe Heller Homestead
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Date: 09/1943
Size: 26″H x 32″W
Medium: oil-Belgian-Linen
Type: landscape
Inscription: lr: Frank E. Schoonover / Bushkill / ’43
Annotations: en verso on left side of canvas in black paint: ‘The Monroe Heller / Homestead’ / Toward Mt. Pocono on Left. / On the right of painting – / valley of / Saw Creek and / Big Bushkill. / 3 old people live / in kitchen / Monroe Heller / Mary Heller – his wife / and Cushing Heller / brother of Monroe / – all over 80.
en verso on right side of canvas in black paint: 2327 / Bushkill, Pike Co. Pa. / Sep- 1943 / Painting by / Frank E. Schoonover.
Comments: dig. and form 11/16/07; slides and photo;
There is no information in the day books, but part of the underpainting is exposed on a strip of canvas on the stretcher.
Commentary: This landscape is the first of five paintings of the Monroe Heller Farm in Bushkill, Pennsylvania. (See #’s 2416, 2474L, 2491, 2493L). Judging from the information that Schoonover wrote en verso on several of the Monroe Heller paintings, he was fascinated by the family who lived at the farm. He describes them in detail especially on the verso of this one and #2493L.
This was painted over an earlier, larger work, probably an illustration that was cut down.
See related photograph by Cortlandt Schoonover of the Monroe Heller farm in Bushkill, Pennsylvania. (#2327p)
Provenance: Sold by artist to Harry Grohl, Wilmington, Delaware; descended in the family to Judith Wilkes, Lakewood, Colorado; Schoonover Studios Ltd., Wilmington, Delaware; private collection
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