The Cow Shed. 1946. Etching, aquatint and sandpaper ground. Giardina 211. 9 5/8 x 15 1/8. Edition 100. Hinge stains in the margins, well outside the image, otherwise good condition. A rich impression printed on cream wove paper with full margins. Signed and annotated 'imp' (imprimit) in pencil, indicating a proof printed Eby. $850.
Eby is known for his stark and lovely landscapes of Connecticut in the winter. He first got to know Connecticut when he spent several summers at the artist’s colony at Cos Cob immediately before the First World War. There he became friends with the American Impressionist artist Childe Hassam, who was almost thirty years older than Eby. Eby and Hassam had a close working relationship, with the younger artist providing the older artist with technical advice on etching and the use of his etching press.
Following the War, Eby married Frances Sheldon, whom he had met in Cos Cob, and the couple eventually settled in a pre-Revolutionary War saltbox house, "Driftway', in Westport, Connecticut. Eby immediately began producing etchings depicting the New England countryside, especially snow scenes. They include classic New England subjects, such as the covered bridge that is the central feature of A Connecticut Valley and Cider Mill. Day’s End, Driftway is an evocative view of the artist’s home at twilight on a winter’s evening. The Cow Shed, one of Eby’s last works, is a celebration of rural labor worthy of Millet or Corot.
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