ArtworksDavid MilneCanopy Bed (East Aurora, N.Y.), 1939 (early October)1881-1953Sold
Inscriptionssigned 'David / Milne' (lower left); signed and dated 'David Milne 1939' (upper right)
ProvenanceGift of the artist to Dr. and Mrs. Stockton Kimball, Buffalo, New York, 1939;
Private collection, Linden, Pennsylvania, by descent.
ExhibitionsIthaca, N.Y., Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, 1 May- 17 June, 1984, The Watercolors of David Milne (no. 30)
Owens (1984), The Watercolors of David Milne, 30, colour p. 40;
The Life and Work of David B Milne, Silcox (1996) p.306.
PublicationsPainting Place The Life and Work of David B Milne Silcox , by David Silcox 1996 wrote on page 306 , "In 1939 Milne introduced into his work a colour that he became excessively addicted to and that came to be known , after Duncan's scornful description of it, as 'the hellish colour'. It was an imperfect mixture of permanent violet with yellow ochre that found its way into everything beginning early in 1939 and persisting well into 1941. Milne liked it because 'besides the changing look it has the feeling of of being transparent and at the same time opaque. It is brushed , not flowed on and so does not define, merely emphasizes a shape. Though everything from yellow to magenta shows in it, the effect is rose , a peculiar opaque rose'" Silcox comments, "In some works, such as Canopy Bed and Palgrave, 1939 ,it seems appropriate..."1of 2