SOLD Bucks County Barn

by Eric Sloane (1905–1985)
Oil on board
24 x 47⅝ inches
Inscribed and signed lower left: BUCKS COUNTY / –ERIC SLOANE



The artist

Offenhender family, acquired from above, ca. 1940

Private collection, Greenwich, Connecticut, acquired from above, 1998

Private collection, Parsippany, New Jersey, acquired from above, 1998

Vose Galleries, Boston, Massachusetts, from above, 2017

Questroyal Fine Art, LLC, New York, New York, acquired from above, 2018

Daniel P. Abeloff, acquired from above, 2018

Trust of Daniel P. Abeloff

Sale, Bonhams, New York, New York, May 26, 2022, lot 86, from above


Vose Galleries, Boston, Massachusetts, The Artist’s Muse, November 25–December 23, 2017


The Artist’s Muse (Boston: Vose Galleries, 2017), 28.

Note: Eric Sloane viewed the barn as an important symbol of Americana. The artist himself described, “the early American barn, taking into consideration its reasons for being, I’ve found to be an exceptional and impressive subject,” continuing, “an old barn has an aura of persistence, stubbornly shrouded in the mood of its own time.”[1] Sloane explored farms throughout New England, but did not paint on location, choosing instead to create his depictions from memory.

[1] Eric Sloane, I Remember America (New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1971), 56.

Artist Biography

By Nina Sangimino

I think in some ways I’m a failure because people think I’m a painter of barns and a writer of nostalgia… It’s not what I’ve been trying to do. I hate nostalgia. It’s a dreaded disease. [1]
—Eric Sloane

To view a painting by Eric Sloane of a quintessential New England covered bridge, with its weathered clapboard siding, worn dirt road, and Huck Finn–inspired children fishing in the brook below, one is touched by the familiarity of the scene. But what seems at first glance to be a simple version of Yankee Americana reveals deeper meaning when understood in the

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