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Lot 100: Carl Sprinchorn
28 October 2016
Portland, ME, USALive Auction
Description: Carl Sprinchorn Am. 1884-1983 Headed for Matagamon Signed "Carl Sprinchorn" l.r. Watercolor 17 x 22 1/2 in. sight 43.2 x 57.2 cm sight Property of the Carl Sprinchorn Admiration Society Acquisiitons Fund Provenance: Estate of the Artist Tom Veilleux Gallery 1995 To the current owner
Condition Report: Good condition, good appearance, not laid down
Notes: Carl Sprinchorn was 50 years old when he arrived in Patten, Maine, 10 miles to the southeast of Shin Pond Village, in the summer of 1937. He had not been in Maine since spending a number of years in Monson from 1911 to 1921. Crommett Farm, two miles from Shin Pond in northern Maine, had for almost a hundred years been a way station for lumberjacks walking in and out of the Maine woods to the numerous lumber camps that had been established over many decades. The site of the Sprinchorn watercolor is only a couple of hundred yards from the Crommett House where Sprinchorn had two rooms upstairs. He lived at the Crommett Farm steadily from the Spring of 1939 to the end of 1941 and often accompanied the lumberjacks as they left the farm to go to the camps. He made many colored crayon drawings and almost certainly, judging from its composition and apparent immediacy, the current watercolor, in real time in a real place.
Provenance: Estate of the Artist Tom Veilleux Gallery 1995 To the current owner
Artist or Maker: Carl Sprinchorn