“Spring” by Collins Eisenhauer
Watercolour by one of Canada's most important folk artists, Collins Eisenhauer. Titled "Spring Time Birches," this painting depicts nine houses seated atop a hill, the houses with smoke rising from their chimneys. At the center of the dwellings is a church. There is a bright yellow sun overhead, as well as a flock of migrating geese or ducks. The pond in the foreground is alive with a little gathering of ducks and a little bobbing pond boat.
Please note that this painting is not signed but has solid provenance. It was acquired by the previous owner directly from Eisenhauer's daughter, Ferne Gertrude Eisnor, who wrote an inscription on the back and also includes a letter by her, reminiscing about her father. The letter is included with the painting. NOTE: Collins was known as "Eisener" within his community and the family spelled the last name several different ways over the years. Ferne's gravestone uses the last name Eisnor. Interestingly, the provincial museum's collection includes a painting Collins created for his daughter when she was born in 1932.
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