Ernest Haskell ( American, 1876 - 1925 )
Baby Sequoia is one of many etchings that Ernest Haskell created of Giant Sequoia and other American tree species during the first two decades of the 20th century. He visited California in 1914 and made a series of “tree portraits” in the following years, including one of the famous General Sherman sequoia. In these scenes, Haskell juxtaposes the massive scale of the trees with scrupulous detail, demonstrating his interest in mastering the technical aspects of etching. Haskell preferred working in a traditional, naturalistic manner, using the meticulous styles of Albrecht Dürer, Leonardo da Vinci, and other Old Masters to render American subjects and scenes.
Sara Woodbury, DMA label copy, 2011.
Ernest Haskell commuted from New York City to Maine for the last four years of his life. He died in a fatal car accident on one such drive.
Haskell helped to develop camouflage for the United States Army during World War I.