Chair, Skowhegan I

Skowhegan, ME
Oil on panel
15 x 12 1/2 in. (38.1 x 31.8 cm)
Signed on left: "E W Dickinson"
Dated on right: "1956"
Inscribed on top: "Skowhegan TOP"


Painted in Skowhegan, ME, August 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, (journal), at The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Letter to Mr. Goldstone from ED, March 26, 1961: "I intended in both cases, [the Skowhegan chair paintings of 1956 and 1958] to push the chairs farther but failed to because of the teaching schedule at the school. Henry V. Poor's marble palette is visible in the piece. The piece is marked in the back 'top' - The Chair properly seen is an inverted chair." It originally belonged to Henry Varnum Poor.[Goldstone Collection catalogue, Brooklyn Museum, 1965, p 23]. In 1958 it was in the studio of sculptor Sidney Simon, afterwards disappearing from Skowhegan [author's conversation with SS]. It came to be owned by the Goldstones and was sold, to Mr. O'Connor, with the painting by Kraushaar Galleries in 1997. See Chair, Skowhegan II, 1958.


Mr. & Mrs. Herbert A. Goldstone
John O'Connor
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Exhibition History

1959 Boston University Art Gallery: Edwin Dickinson, Retrospective Exhibition, exhibited as "The Chair, 1959"
1961 James Graham & Sons: Edwin Dickinson, Retrospective
196163 MoMA: Edwin Dickinson
1965 Whitney: Edwin Dickinson. Major retrospective
1982b NAD: Art Students League Benefit Sale, as "The Chair, 1959"

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