Florentine Hayden

(1859-1943)
Corner of Willow and Johnson Streets, 1880
Watercolor on paper, 5 ½ x 7 ½
Gift of the artist x68.83

Daughter of Waterbury inventor, manufacturer, and art lover, Hiram Hayden, Florentine followed in her father’s footsteps as a creator. Nature was the constant theme in her art, be it literary or visual. This scene adjoining Willow Street was nearby her family home, Maplewild, which is located in what is known today as Hayden Park. As an adult, Hayden lived at 146 Pine Street in an Arts & Crafts bungalow.

The site of the painting appears to be a wooded area at river’s edge and is identified by title as the corner of Willow and Johnson Streets. No river is near enough to that intersection to claim “corner” though a tributary of the Naugatuck River may have existed there at one time. Dynamic brushwork, bold colors, and a composition filled with angles makes for an inviting scene.