Roger W. Dennis
( 1902 - 1996)


A Bridge to the Old Lyme Art Colony

In the evenings, around Florence Griswold’s table, Roger Dennis listened to Guy Wiggins, Will Howe Foote, John Carlson, Frank Bicknell, and other Old Lyme artists discuss the ethics of their craft and the vigor it required. In an interview by Edward Feit published in American Artist magazine (February, 1988), Dennis, a Norwich, CT native, recapped the major lesson of his apprenticeship: “If John Carlson and the other Old Lyme Impressionists taught me anything, it is that the center of interest is paramount. ‘Don’t try to put the world on a painting,’ Carlson would say. ‘Select one thing, put it down first, and subordinate all else to it, for there cannot be two pictures in one painting. ’ "

Dennis’ commitment to this ideal shines in his work. In Beal Island, the weathered deck of a cottage pulls
the eye into a lush marsh; in Alice Pendleton, a forgotten fishing boat implies a dying profession; and in Squam Lake, a single tree emerges from a forbidding landscape. Roger Dennis carried the tradition of American Impressionism established by the Old Lyme Art Colony throughout the 20th Century until his death in 1996. Now, ten years later, we are proud to celebrate Dennis' growing legacy as the last of the original Old lyme school.

 

 

 

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