Open W-F, 12-4pm, Sat 10am-2pm | (860) 364-5688

Open W-F, 12-4pm, Sat 10am-2pm | (860) 364-5688

Historical Exhibitions
Two Area Illustrators: Arthur Getz & Eric Sloane
On view through Friday May 27, 2023
Eric Sloane (1905-1986), P47
Arthur Getz (1913-1996), New York Block Party, c.1950

Eric Sloane, who lived the last decades of his life on Carter Road in Warren, Connecticut, and Taos, New Mexico, was a prolific painter, illustrator, writer, publisher, and promoter of traditional American folklore and crafts. His work reflects illustration in multiple forms. His books feature his iconic rustic lettering and detailed line drawings executed in nervous energetic strokes. His art was honed through some of the hardest years of rural America, instilling in him a deep respect for hard work and thrift, and a distrust of the frivolties and easy conveniences of modern life. Fittingly, he is buried in Kent, close by the museum he founded for his extraordinary collection of farm and early industrial implements, and where his Warren studio is lovingly preserved.

Like Eric Sloane, Arthur Getz employed his talents in several media – political cartoons, children’s books, etchings, and paintings. But he is best known as the most prolific cover illustrator in The New Yorker Magazine’s history, completing some 213 published covers between 1938 and 1988. After his move to Connecticut in 1969, his covers more frequently reflected small town or rural life, often drawn from his surroundings in the Northwest corner of the state. Getz created political cartoons and, starting in the 1970s, a series of wonderful illustrated books. Friends with some of the foremost painters of the day – Willem de Kooning, Moses Sawyer, and Philip Guston – Getz also worked on more serious painting. One such work is an extraordinary large-scale depiction of a New York City street scene included in this show.

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