"ON THE HILL" (Easton, Pennsylvania, ca. 1929) by WALTER EMERSON BAUM, A. N. A. (American, 1884 - 1956)

ONE OF BAUM’S MASTERWORKS. Oil on canvas laid on board, 32 x 40 inches (canvas), 40 ½ x 48 ½ inches (hand-carved gold leaf frame), signed lower left.

Exhibition label verso: National Academy of Design, title: “On the Hill,” written verso: “Easton,” and “From Ber. Coll.,” [Phillip Berman Collection]. “Besides frequently exhibiting in Philadelphia, Baum had begun 

submitting work to the National Academy of Design in New York City. In march 1936, his painting On the Hill (Collection of Dr. Nicholas Bruno) was accepted at their annual competition. Out of six thousand entries, Baum’s painting was one of the one hundred works chosen from non-members. On the Hill was a part of a series of views of Easton, a city east of Allentown on the Delaware River. Baum continued to find compositions of the Delaware River both above Easton and south to New Hope for the rest of his life.” – Hutson-Saxton, Walter Emerson Baum, 1884 – 1956, Pennsylvania Artist and Founder of the Baum School of Art and Allentown Art Museum, page 86. Additionally, the painting was exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1929.

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