Franklin DeHaven (1856 – 1934) was born in Bluffton, Indiana on December 26, 1856. Nothing seems to have been recorded about his early personal or artistic life prior to his arrival in New York City in 1886 where he became a student of George H. Smillie who taught landscape painting in a classical, tonalist style.
DeHaven enjoyed early success with Evening At Manomet. He exhibited this painting at the Prize Fund Exhibition held in the American Art Galleries of New York City in 1889. Although its present location is unknown, this painting was described at the time as a beautiful evocation of a sunset on the Maine coast. Dunes are bathed in a golden light, with dark shadows counterpointed dramatically.
DeHaven achieved a number of prizes in important exhibitions, including: honorable mention in the Pan-American Exposition held in Buffalo, New York in 1901; show prizes in 1900, 1901 and the Plimpton Prize in 1925 from the Salmagundi Club; a silver medal in the Charleston Exposition of 1903; a silver medal at the St. Louis Exhibition of 1904; the Vezin Prize in 1916; and a silver medal from the National Arts Club in 1921 (he had become an associate in 1902 and a full member in 1920). DeHaven served as the President of the Salmagundi Club in 1926-27.
In addition to his career as an artist, DeHaven was a violinist and a luthier as well. He numbered an old Italian violin which was made in Cremona among his prized possessions. He was familiarly known as Pop to the members of the Salmagundi Club.
DeHaven died in New York City on January 10, 1934.
DeHaven is included in the collections of the Brooklyn Institute Museum, the Butler Art Institute, Youngstown, Ohio, the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., and Colby College, Waterville, Maine.
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