This watercolor painting by Leanne Shapton was produced as a series of illustrations for an article published on Sept. 7, 2017 in The New York Times by George Kalogerakis. Detailing the imminent sale of the historic E.B. White 44-acre saltwater farm, the article describes the persisting beauty and charm of the homestead where White famously wrote his classic novel Charlotte’s Web. With her pointed and subtle acumen, Shapton picks out a single detail of Kolgerakais’ descriptions, choosing to illustrate the quintessential New England folk art motifs—as Kolgerakais writes simply, “the walls of an upstairs bedroom and hallway were covered in original Moses Eaton stencils.”
Leanne Shapton, b. 1973, is a Canadian author, artist and publisher based in New York City. She is the co-founder, with photographer Jason Fulford, of J&L Books, an internationally-distributed not-for-profit imprint specializing in art and photography books. Shapton’s Swimming Studies won the 2012 National Book Critic’s Circle Award for autobiography, and was long listed for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2012. Her works have appeared in diverse newspapers and magazines such as The New York Times, The Paris Review, and The New Yorker. Shapton was part of the 2018 Man Booker Prize jury.
Watercolor on paper
9.6 x 6.75 inches unframed