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Helen Torr (American, 1886-1967)
January, 1935
Oil on canvas, 28 x 20 in.
Signed at lower left: Torr.
Gift of Mrs. Mary Rehm.  1971.6a




About This Work

Helen Torr and her husband, Arthur Dove, are the artists most closely associated with the town of Huntington. During the 1920s, aboard their yawl Mona, they moored in the Huntington, Centerport, Northport, and Lloyd Neck harbors, wintering at the Ketemowoke Yacht Club in Halesite. After Dove's mother died in 1933, they moved to Geneva, New York to settle her estate, during which time Torr executed January. The twisted branches and somber palette evoke the bleak Northern winter there. When they returned to Long Island, Torr and Dove lived in the cottage on Titus Mill Pond in Centerport that is now the Heckscher Museum's Newsday Center for Dove/Torr studies. Long overshadowed by Dove's prominence, Torr's work was forgotten until her sister Mary Rehm brought it to the attention of Heckscher Museum director Eva Gatling in 1972. Gatling mounted an exhibition of Torr's work, and subsequent reappraisal has restored Torr's place among America's early modernist artists.




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