Private collection, Dartmouth, Massachusetts
Estate of above
Sale, Eldred’s, East Dennis, Massachusetts, July 27, 2022, lot 2702, from above
Note: Eric Sloane painted autumnal scenes throughout Connecticut and New England. He described, “My love affair with New England has been no happenstance: I feel certain that no landscape is blessed with greater color during the fall,” continuing, “The moral character of man may be likened to the autumn scene: leaves falling like our years, the sun growing colder like our affections, a time for harvest and reflection, of preparing for the eventual winter of old age, a season of melancholy and sadness mixed with satisfaction and the joy of having lived.”
 Eric Sloane, Eighty: an American Souvenir (New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1985), n.p.
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. 
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