Spring Bouquet on the Porch Railing, 1915

by Leo Dorn


In this beautiful oil on canvas, Leo Dorn has conjured the beauty and warmth of a spring day. The vivid dabs of paint evokes the brightness of the season whilst the thick impasto recreate the lush vegetation and titular spring bouquet. There is a clear interest in light in this painting: the short, sharp brushstrokes reminds the viewer of the haze of heat and the artist has captured the light as it falls on the porch, the shadow visible on the lower right foreground. Using these Impressionist techniques, Dorn has transported the viewer to a beautiful spring garden, resplendent in the bright sunshine.

DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 22.0 x 16.0 in./55.9 x 40.6 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed and dated lower right
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas

Catalogue No: 4836 Categories: ,

Works by New England artists such as Leo Dorn are currently highly sought-after by the art market. Dorn was well-known for making woodblock prints and any paintings are rare and very much in demand. This beautiful painting will be a lovely addition to any collection.

Private collection, United States

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Leo F. Dorn (1879-1964) was born in Kentucky but is today most closely associated with the Silvermine Art Colony of Southwestern Connecticut, where he was a member of the so-called “Knockers” group of artists and craftsmen. This art colony was founded by Solon Borglum, a sculptor, who had moved to the New Canaan part of Silvermine in 1906 and built a hillside studio. He was one of the leading figures in an emerging community of artists in the neighbourhood. The “Knockers Club” would meet in Borglum’s studio and discuss their art, knocking one another’s work. It later became the Silvermine Guild, one of the largest and oldest art centres in New England. Artists in the neighbourhood included amongst others George Avison, D. Putnam Brinley, John Cassell, Richard Daggy,R. B. Gruelle and Cornelia Ellis Hildebrandt. The Guild operated the Silvermine College of Art, an accredited two-year educational institution, for ten years starting in 1962. This painting probably depicts the area around Silvermine, an area that inspired Dorn throughout his life.


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