By the noted Indiana artist WILLIAM A. EYDEN (1893-1982), an unusually good work in watercolor and gouache, featuring the beech trees associated with the Indiana landscape. The partially denuded forest is shown in late autumn, waiting for winter's arrival. Some leaves still cling to the trees in a chill wind we can nearly feel. The painting measures 17 3/4" by 23 1/2" (24" by 29 1/2" as framed). This seems to be an earlier work , maybe 1920's or 1930's, judging from its "tightness", the frame and the quite old backing. Eyden was born in Richmond, Indiana. His father Eyden Sr. (1859-1919) was also an artist of note, associated with the Hoosier School. Young Eyden studied with his father and with Theodore Steele, John Bundy, Daniel Garber, William Chase, and Charles Hawthorne. He also studied at the Art Student's League in New York City. Eyden summered often in Gloucester, Massachusetts and worked at other seasons in Indianapolis, New York City, and Asheville, North Carolina. He was quite prolific, and some works are quite forgettable potboilers for sure; and many are just simply small. This is an unusually fine example, and is in excellent condition.
WILLIAM A. EYDEN (1893-1982) Indiana art late autumn beech landscape early gouache painting