"The Last Hog"
by Edmund Marion Ashe, ca. 1929
EDMUND MARION ASHE
(American, 1867 – 1941)
Oil on board, 32 x 36 inches (board), 38 x 42 inches (frame), signed lower left. Painting exhibited: Ferargil Galleries, New York, 1929.
“...He also continued to exhibit in New York. In 1929, a selection of his paintings of the people of the Cumberland Mountains was shown with great success at the Ferargil Galleries, his principal dealer there. A reviewer wrote: ‘Possibly no finer record of the mountaineers has appeared that Mr. Ashe has created....They are drawn as a skilled photographer might catch them and placed in settings chosen by an eye trained to harmonious color and well-proportioned design.....His studies in the Cumberland Mountains [ Kentucky Mountaineers] have had a tremendous success in his New York exhibition at the Ferargil galleries. One of these, which is slightly varied in etching form, ‘The Last Hog,’ is introduced to demonstrate to the students the patient endeavors essential in composition. The subject shows a young man and woman about to hang the pig high while the mother sentimentalizes on the high porch of the cabin in the background. As etching, the line is strong while the tone varies from the faintest blond to deepest black.”
Of significant importance in the biographical information on Edmund Ashe is the fact that he exhibited at the New York Armory Show of 1913. The Armory Show refers to the International Exhibition of Modern Art that was organized by the Association of American Painters and Sculptors and opened in New York City's 69th Regiment Armory, on Lexington Avenue between 25th and 26th Streets, on February 17, 1913 and became a legendary watershed date in history of American art. The show served as a catalyst for American artists, who became more independent and created their own "artistic Language." Thus, Edmund Ashe was one of the artists who exhibited in this show, an event which has been recorded as one of the most important events in American art history.
(Reference: Article by Penelope Redd, Pittsburg Sun Telegraph Newspaper, November 2, 1930.) The original etching accompanies this painting. ...
Brief biographical synopsis
Extensive biographical information available upon request; Ashe is listed in many major American art references