The painter Herman Cherry began spending summers in East Hampton in 1964 and maintained a residence there until his death in 1992. He studied with Thomas Hart Benton around 1930, and his early work reflects an interest in American Regionalism, Mexican mural painting, and Chinese art. In 1945, after years of travel, he settled in New York, and by the 1950s his work had become abstract. Cherry was known for his skillful interplay of color and shape, and he painted in this vein for the rest of his career. He was regarded as a principled, even difficult, man. When Guild Hall in East Hampton asked him to donate a painting to its collection, he refused, explaining that he was too poor. Eventually the director, Inez Whipple, and a trustee, Eloise Spaeth, decided to purchase one. According to Regina Cherry, the artist’s widow, “They must have been so embarrassed at how inexpensive it was that they didn’t even take off the twenty-five percent that Guild Hall could have claimed. He said, ‘Hey, that was victory!'” [Mark Segal]
Painter Herman Cherry began spending summers in East Hampton in 1964 and maintained a residence there until his death in 1992.