02/17/2011

Edward Grant: Delaware and Maine Artist

Unsigned, undated painting by Edward Grant

About 10 years ago I went to our recycling station (dump) here in Lamoine as I do every Saturday. We have a “swap shop” containing books and other items which folks think might be of use to their neighbors, and I like to give it the once-over every time I go. On this particular trip I spotted four watercolor paintings which seemed nicer than the usual swap shop offerings. I brought them home. Two of them ended up matted and framed on my living room wall. I sometimes get criticized for bringing things home from the dump, but these paintings were calling me. As they say, “I don’t know art, but I know what I like”.

Every few years I would do an internet search for Edward Grant to see if somehow my artist might be recognized. For years I turned up nothing. I had nothing besides his name to go on. Last week I was watching Antiques Roadshow (PBS) and I decided to give it another try. Immediately I struck gold; up popped the Biggs Museum of Modern Art in Dover, Delaware which had had an exhibition of his work.

I wasted no time in contacting the curator and explained to him that I might have some Edward Grant paintings and wondered if he could help me verify the style and signature. Admittedly, the paintings I have are of Maine landscapes, and those on the web are more of sandy Delaware, but the curator eventually replied that he thought the style and the signature looked genuine.

Signed, dated 1973

Edward Grant was born in 1907 in Delaware and painted prolifically throughout his long life. He was friends with famed Maine artist N.C. Wyeth and that’s where I think the Maine connection was established. Edward had a summer place in Round Pond, Maine. His “day job” was as artistic director of the Hercules Powder Company, an explosives maker. Over his 70 year artistic career his style changed many times, morphing from illustration art, Social Realism, Abstraction, Photorealism and finally moody landscapes until his death in 1998.

The Biggs curator referred me to an art dealer in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware who specialized in his paintings to put a price tag on my treasures. Of course, it was a little awkward when we came to the subject of provenance, that word which means the chain of custody. It would have been best if I could have shown him a photo of Edward handing me the paintings. Instead I had to settle with, “I found them at the dump”. The art dealer returned with a minimum price (and an offer) of $2,000 for the four paintings. No great fortune, but I think I will no longer be criticized for lingering at the swap shop!

More on Edward Grant can be seen here.

Edward Grant’s paintings can be purchased at the AerieArt Gallery.

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Comments on Edward Grant: Delaware and Maine Artist »

02/17/2011

B.H. @ 7:14 pm

What in the world did an “artistic director” of an explosives maker do???

02/18/2011

Bruce Bruce @ 9:40 am

Well, as any regular viewer of Mythbusters knows, explosions are beautiful!

01/24/2013

Richard Noddin @ 11:17 am

I am the “Richard” that Ed did that painting for. Ed and his wife Harriott and son Alex rented a cottage in Marlboro, Maine from my parents many for years. I have 18 other Ed Grant paintings, both watercolor and oils. I am interested in selling them. You mention above that “The Biggs curator referred me to an art dealer in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware who specialized in his paintings to put a price tag on my treasures”. Do you have contact info for that art dealer.

Bruce Bruce @ 12:48 pm

Hello Richard,

How interesting that you were able to find my article. And a little embarrassing that you caught me “picking your trash”. The link to the Aerie Art Gallery was at the bottom of the article, here it is again: http://sites.rehoboth.com/aerieart/
Your email also confirms that they are indeed Ed Grant paintings, which is great news. I love the paintings and have not been able to bring myself to sell them, but would be interested in hearing how you do with yours. Bruce

03/28/2013

Larry M @ 6:26 pm

Your biting wit and sarcasm are just hilarious. The Dupont Company also owned Remington Arms which produced a great deal of art every year in addition to all the other advertising produced for various divisions of the company. There are any number of Dupont’s who could buy and sell you 100 times over and who have also been patrons of the Arts and Collectors in many States. You I presume, were a standup comedian in the Catskills.

Larry M @ 6:34 pm

The previous comment was meant to be in reply to those who wonder what the artistic director for an explosives company does. I believe the Dupont Company was doing more than producing Explosives at the time.The Wyeths are from Delaware, they still live in Delaware, they were in the News last years with the Horse than ran in the Triple Crown and they referred to themselves as from Delaware.

04/13/2013

Jesse McAtee @ 4:42 pm

I just googled Edward Grant. I have a picture of a big tree in winter or fall with no leaves on it that came into my possession. This is the same artist, the work is very similar. Is the artist still alive?

Bruce Bruce @ 5:06 pm

Hi Jesse,

Edward Grant is no longer living, he died in 1998. I suggest you contact the Aerie Art Gallery, they are in contact with Edward’s family and may be able to recognize the painting. If you are in Delaware you may indeed have one of his paintings. Good luck! http://sites.rehoboth.com/aerieart/

04/16/2013

Grant @ 10:49 pm

Edward Grant is my great grandfather I’m not lying this is true I swear on my mothers life

05/09/2013

bill wilson @ 8:38 pm

are you interested in selling the painting?

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