"This autumn scene by Charles Curtis Allen is a wonderful depiction of my favorite season. The bold, orange leaves against the subtle greens of New England hills show the varied colors of autumn. Meanwhile, Allen’s thick brushstrokes in the clouds give the sense that it is a cold, blustery day for the residents of the farm. His use of shadows is admirable, as he is able make both the clouds against the mountains and the trees against the ground appear larger and fuller. Anyone who knows the beauty of a New England autumn can appreciate this idealistic rural scene of a Farm Road." - Melanie R. Fortin, Gallery Assistant
More information about this painting...
Best remembered for his mountain landscapes captured in all seasons, Farm Road is an excellent example of the artist’s daring use of color in rendering the changing trees and golden fields of autumn in New England. Allen became an influential teacher during his lifetime, an activity that began while still a student himself and which continued with lessons held in his Waban, Massachusetts, studio. He also led classes while spending summers at Moody Farm on Mt. Monadnock and during outings to the White Mountains of New Hampshire, in addition to trips throughout Vermont and along the Maine coast.
Estate of the artist
With Vose Galleries, Boston, inventory no. A-365, 1972
To private collection, Wellesley, Massachusetts (later Quechee, Vermont, and Sarasota, Florida), December 1974
With Vose Galleries, Boston, inventory no. 29552, July 1989
To collection of Mr. and Mrs. G. Arnold Haynes, Wellesley, Massachusetts, January 1990
Eventually to Haynes Family Foundation, Wellesley, Massachusetts
(verso of panel, in ink, upside down) Chas Curtis Allen, N.A. / Waban. Mass.
1). Previous Vose Galleries label, inventory no. A-365
2). Previous Vose Galleries label, inventory no. 29552
3). (stamp) From / Vose Galleries / of Boston, Inc. / 238 Newbury St.
1). Landscapes in Oil by Charles Curtis Allen 1886-1950, Vose Galleries, Boston, May 7 – June 1, 1973, illus.
2). Building Connections: Works from the Haynes Family Foundation, Vose Galleries, Boston, June 2 – July 24, 2018