Following a year-long honeymoon spent exploring France and Italy, the Wendels relocated to Philena’s ancestral homestead in Ipswich, where the village and the family’s Lower and Upper Farms on Argilla Road would serve as the artist’s personal version of Giverny for the latter part of his career. As he had in Giverny, Wendel found plenty of inspiring subject matter only a short distance from his home on County Street, as seen in Autumn on Main Street, Ipswich, captured just a few blocks away. The painting demonstrates the artist’s confident use of color in rendering the brilliant gold and orange leaves of the changing trees.
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Buckley, Laurene. Theodore Wendel: True Notes of American Impressionism (North Adams, MA: The Artist Book Foundation, 2018), p. 65
Bringing to Light: Theodore Wendel, Vose Galleries, Boston, October 19 – December 7, 2019