Harold Baumbach (American, 1903-2002)
New England Landscape 1941
Oil on canvas
Gift of C. Leonard Pfeiffer
Based in New York City, Harold Baumbach often spent summers traveling around upstate New York and New England. Despite this painting’s title, this work depicts a scene in Accord, New York.
Baumbach typically kept his landscapes recognizable while using color, shape, and texture to create pattern-like compositions. Although a prolific artist, Baumbach never achieved the level of fame of his friends, such as Mark Rothko. This could have been a result of his hesitation towards pure abstraction, which was becoming increasingly popular, or the result of his tenuous relationships with gallerists and collectors.