Private collection, Wyckoff, New Jersey
Note: Sloane became interested in covered bridges after moving to New England in the 1940s. He researched them, wrote about them, and said, “I probably have painted as many as there are in the country. It was an exciting period in my life, which afforded me a fine consciousness of Americana.” Michael Wigley, Eric Sloane's America: Paintings in Oil (Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, Inc., 2009), 23.
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