Edward and Jo are married since 1924. They live in New York but since 1930 they spend half the year in Cape Cod. Edward does not like the paintings made by Jo but she plays a valuable role by commenting in her notebook the symptoms of the creativity of her surprising and hermetic husband.
Edward does not paint much in 1945 but he is flattered by the opinion of Pène du Bois and takes his pencils again. Like the ancient travelers, he uses to paint in his studio from drawings made on the field.
On May 21 in New York, Christie's sells an oil on canvas 76 x 102 cm resulting from this new creative fervor, lot 10 estimated $ 20M. It shows two small houses side by side behind a grassy alley. They are of the same pattern except that the nearest has an additional floor. The immaculate white walls express the purity.
The artist titled this work Two Puritans, creating a direct link with the statement of Pène du Bois. Jo notes that only one house had served as a model for both. There is no doubt that the two small houses symbolize Edward and his wife although Jo's notebooks do not reveal Edward's intimate intentions.
On 28 November 2012, Christie's sold for $ 9.6M including premium a painting 67 x 107 cm made in the following year, showing a house flanked by a barn in the countryside, titled October on Cape Cod. Jo noted the stops on the road to prepare the sketches, but this comment can only apply to the landscape behind because the house is the same as the "Jo" house of the Puritans.
Guided by the catalog, I stated that this house and its barn were like a mother protecting her cub. Edward and Jo had no children. Who is the barn?