0342: William Henry Buck (American/New Orleans, 1840)
William Henry Buck (American/New Orleans, 1840-1880), "School House by the Shore, Louisiana Bayou", oil on canvas, initialed "W.H.B." lower right, "Seth L. Baldwin" on handwritten label and H.W. Gear & Co., New York canvas stamp en verso, 14 in. x 20 in., in a period giltwood frame with brass plaque. Provenance: Private collection, New Orleans, LA Provenance: Private collection, New Orleans, LA. Note: While the focal point of William Henry Buck's Louisiana landscapes are often moss-laden live oak trees, he frequently incorporates an example of regional architecture into the paintings . They may be buildings related to plantation life or shanties found along the lakeshore. In rare examples, they are of documented known locales. In the painting offered here, Buck depicts a charming schoolhouse on the edge of the bayou . The graceful arched doorway and illuminated windows provide an insightful view of regional architecture. There is a bridge across the bayou on the right side of the composition, with a sailboat plying the waters beyond. Buck portrays a vivid blue Louisiana sky and lush green live oak trees which are softly reflected in the shimmering water.