[From the Community Collection, a public trust in Agincourt, Iowa]
HAINES, Frederick Stanley [1879–1960]
“The Golden Hour”
etching and aquatint / 9 inches by 12 inches
Frederick Stanley Haines, or more commonly Fred S. Haines, was a Canadian artist who produced both prints and paintings, primarily landscapes. Sadly “The Golden Hour” was damaged some time during its life, trimmed, apparently, to fit an existing frame; too much attention is taken by the tree trunk while the overstory is lost. Yet, the composition is classic, practically a “golden section”, with subtleties of color enhanced on closer inspection by intricate line patters akin to the fingerprint. For reasons of its color palette, we date it closer to 1930.
Here is another example of Haines’ skill as a painter (not in our collection):