Painted in 1939. The right hand barn of Harrison Keachs twin
barns, in Buckland, painted by me many times
but never with a more spirited and successful canvas than this, just a small
red-faced barn, big doors open, thick maple rising back of it against a
vivid June cloud spotted sky, wonderful translucent shadow from other barn
barnyard to the left, maple branches over curved barnyard wall to the right.
Exhibited many times all about the
country and always receiving good criticisms. Through the interests of F.
Earl Williams (my close friend) Principal
of Gardner High School, purchased by the graduating class of 1939 and
presented to the high school where
it hangs on public display.
Comments on the back of a sepia print:
"Very gay in color, faded red barn, clear rain-washed blue sky,
my finest transparent shadow."
North Adams Transcript, March 30, 1935
"......is a painting which breathes a friendliness, a kindness
that comes only from one who must be a good neighbor. Neighborliness
seems to be the dominating spirit in the oil paintings of Mr.
This painting has been removed from the high school for security
reasons and is now hung in a private room in the town library where it can
be seen by visitors.
Allen Critique from Binghamton Sun, January 10, 1935