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  • "Heading Home" (1894), antique oil painting on canvas | Charles T. Phelan
  • Landscape Barbizon Painting of Sheep by Charles T. Phelan, 19th Century
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"Heading Home" (1894), oil on canvas | Charles T. Phelan

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"HEADING HOME" (1894) LANDSCAPE PAINTING BY CHARLES T. PHELAN (AMERICAN, B. 1840)
In oil on canvas, signed lower left "Charles T. Phelan 1894"; housed in early giltwood frame
Item # 901KMT23O 


A vibrant and delightful scene of a young shepherd boy leading a large flock of sheep down a deserted country road, it is painted in Phelan's notable early Impressionism with a vigorous and energetic impasto visible in the brushwork. His ability to convey detail while conveying the complexity of nature with bleary and melding hues distinguishes his paintings. The Tonalism qualities of his work are evident particularly as the young shepherd has just emerged from the shadows and the light and shadows play with the saturation before a high-chroma distant horizon and blue skies.

The painting is housed in a period and perhaps original frame, signed lower left "Charles T. Phelan" and dated 1894.

Born in New York in 1840, Charles T. Phelan studied under Frederick Rondel. His focus was primarily on pastoral landscapes with elements of Tonalism. He painted scenes throughout New . York and New Jersey, often with sheep at pasture, being tended by a shepherd or walking lonely paths. He exhibited at the National Academy of Design in New York from 1880 through 1882. 

Measurements: 17" H x 14 1/4" W [canvas]; 24 5/8" H x 21 3/4" W [frame]

Condition Report:
Professionally conserved: surface cleaned, restored hole in road before flock, inpainting spot to trees upper center; original frame, lower two corners recast (not gilded, simply toned), other wear/chips/discoloration and loss to gilding.