True Visions: the Paintings of C[aleb]. Arnold Slade (1882-1961).


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True Visions: The Paintings of C. Arnold Slade (1882-1961) by Julie Carlson Eldred “Among artists, few have given us visions as true and pure,” noted the Parisian magazine La Revue Moderne on the work of American impressionist C. Arnold Slade.[1] In the first quarter of the 20th century, Slade’s landscapes, portraits, and genre and biblical scenes inspired similar accolades from critics around the world, as well as the admiration of the top collectors of the day including Isabella Stewart Gardner of Boston and John Wanamaker of Philadelphia. Slade’s work was also well-known to the general public through his sold-out exhibitions, numerous reproductions of his paintings in popular magazines, and extensive coverage by the international press, who praised him as one of the most promising artists to come out of America since colonial painter Benjamin West.[2] However, Slade’s incredibly diverse body of work — from depictions of a soldier’s final moments on a French battlefield to his oil studies of the autumnal hues of grassy Cape Cod dunes — has only recently been rediscovered with the emergence of the artist’s estate. Born August 2, 1882, in Acushnet, Massachusetts, Caleb Arnold Slade was the only child of Abbie Jane Morse and Caleb Slade. His Quaker parents operated a corner grocery store in New Bedford, Massachusetts, where Slade attended the local public schools. Around the time Slade entered Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, the family relocated to nearby Attleboro, Massachusetts,…

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