As he had in Giverny, Wendel found plenty of inspiring subject matter both close to his home on County Street and among the fields and marshes of the family’s Lower and Upper Farms on Argilla Road. Many of these paintings show the day-to-day activity of a working farmstead, as in Haying in Front of Heartbreak Hill, Ipswich, an impressive view of the fields at Upper Farm captured under an expansive summer sky.
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The sheer scale of the towering trees, whose leaves are rendered with animated brushwork, becomes much more evident owing to Wendel’s inclusion of the distant vignette of laborers next to a hay cart.
By descent through the family of the artist
1). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York / Artist: Theodore Wendel / Title: Haying, Ipswich / Date: 19—(illegible) Catalogue No.: 18 / Lender: Mr./Mrs. James R. Marsh / Exhibition: Oct. 15 – Dec. 5, 1976
2). (possible Guild of Boston Artists label on frame, torn) –f—ton Artists / Title: Haying / Artist: Theodore M. Wendel / Owner: (blank) / Price if for sale $700. Insurance value: (blank)
3). Old, partially torn labels from the Worcester Art Museum on frame
4). Corner remnant of Minneapolis Institute of Arts label on frame
5). (on frame, handwritten) Miss M. Wendell (sic) / 23 High St. / Argilla Road
1). Theodore Wendel: An American Impressionist, 1859-1932, Whitney Museum of American Art, October 16 – December 5, 1976
2). Bringing to Light: Theodore Wendel, Vose Galleries, Boston, October 19 – December 7, 2019