David B. Milne

New Streets in the Bronx, New York 1915,

Watercolour
18.87 x 22.38 in

Not signed or dated.
Milne inventory #106.15

Provenance:
Milne estate.
Private collection, Toronto.

The last year or so in New York was eventful for Milne. A large
representation of his watercolours, seven, was selected for the
mammoth Panama-Pacific Exposition of 1915 in San Francisco,
where he earned a Silver Medal. He was elected to the Board of
the New York Water Color Club, and he continued his membership
in several other societies where he exhibited regularly.
For most of 1915, Milne’s painting was done entirely in the Bronx,
where he often chose the conservatories and other buildings of the
Botanical gardens. He frequently painted in black and white and green
only, especially in the summer of that year, and developed an original
way of using these colours.
In a 1920 painting note Milne described how the “black core” convention,
as he called it, was developed ‘to represent trees looked at against the
light when they showed a dark shadowed part surrounded by an
illuminated part,’ and he noted that it was one of the three most important
of his inventions.
David B. Milne, Catalogue Raisonne of the Paintings, David Milne Jr and David Silcox