Erick Sloane Oil Sold For $8,250.00

     Original Oil on Canvas by Eric Sloane
Depicting the Fairfax village bridge. Barnwood frame. Image size approx 29-1/2" wide x 24-1/4" tall. Eric Sloane was born, Everard Jean Hinrichs, on February 27, 1905 in New York City to a well-to-do family. Some of Sloane's first clients included aviation pioneers flying out of Roosevelt Field, Long Island. Many of those flyers insisted he paint the identifying marking on their planes. Among his early clients was Amelia Earhart, who bought his first cloud painting. Said to be the finest cloud painter of his generation, his largest cloud painting graces an entire wall of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington DC. A prolific member of the Hudson River School tradition of painting, Sloane is generally accepted as an artistic genius. Over his lifetime, he wrote thirty eight books. It is estimated that he created nearly 15,000 paintings, mostly oil on masonite. With Sloane's unique illustrations and commentary the diary became the framework for Sloane's most successful book, Diary of an Early American Boy: Noah Blake 1805. Fascinated by weather, The Farmer's Almanac and the early American farmer's ability to interpret "weather signs", Sloane is credited with being the first television weatherman, having come up with the idea of having farmers from all over New England call in their weather observations to a Dumont, New York TV station where they could be broadcast to the regional audience. He penned several useful books on the subject. Sloane is also credited with being the foremost authority on Early American rural architecture and Early American tools. His many books of paintings and drawings, and especially his A Museum of Early American Tools, are considered the most important historical source works on the subjects. In his seminal Americana work, Spirits of '76, he published his famous distillation of his philosophy,"Declaration of Self Dependence", a harbinger of the renewed concept of personal responsibility in 2nd millennium. Shortly before the release of his last book, Eighty, on his way to meet his wife for lunch, Eric died instantly of a heart attack in New York, on March 5th, 1985, on the steps of the Plaza Hotel. Friends say it was the only time he was ever late. He is buried in Kent, Connecticut at the Sloane Stanley Museum. Eric's spirit lives on today as if he's determined to keep the invincible Early American Spirit alive. One has only to read one of his books or view his paintings to be touched by his unfathomable human compassion.


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