Frank Vincent DuMond
"The Canyon Pool"
, ca. 1930s-40s
Oil on canvas
28 ½ x 30 inches
Signed lower left
Provenance: The artist; to his estate; private collection, Connecticut, by 1990
Exhibited: Art Students League, New York, Frank Vincent DuMond, January 9-22, 1949, p. 14, illus, (as White Cliff Pool) // National Academy of Design, New York, A Memorial Exhibition of Paintings by Frank Vincent DuMond, N.A., May 25 – June 22, 1952, no. 66, illus. p. 13 // Gallery New World, Darien, Connecticut, A Special Exhibit and Sale of Paintings by Frank Vincent DuMond, N.A., November 17 – December 7, 1971, no. 18 // Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, Connecticut, The Harmony of Nature: The Art and Life of Frank Vincent DuMond, 1865-1951, June 1 – July 29, 1990, no. 41, p. 31
In a powerful composition of receding diagonal planes, DuMond captures the spectacular topography of Nova Scotia: with steep glacially-carved gorges along a geologic fault line, producing deep “canyon pools” of clear, cold water—ideal spawning ground for Atlantic salmon. Here, DuMond’s trademark brilliant greens and purple-toned shadows define the clear atmosphere and unspoiled beauty of this isolated spot, conveying the deep love of nature that remained the most enduring source of inspiration in the artist’s work. DuMond made his annual fly-fishing trips in the company of other artists, particularly his close friend Willard Metcalf, who accompanied him north on at least 18 occasions, and may in fact be one of the figures depicted in The Canyon Pool.