For nearly fifty years, Robert Dash painted and gardened at Madoo (an old Scots word for “my dove”), a cluster of gray-shingled 19th-c. buildings near the ocean in Sagaponack. There he recorded events great and small that happened in those two acres, in both lyrical paint and elegant prose written for the East Hampton Star. In a late series of eleven paintings and studies on paper, Dash focused on a single image of neighboring Sagg Main Street to create a varying exploration of color and light. Dash’s natural approach to gardening was similar to the same sensibility he brought to the studio. In the early 1960s, a cache of antique French blue rag paper, formerly used by the Metropolitan Museum to mount 19th-c. prints, came his way and inspired a series of expressive pastels. Similarly, the discovery in 2007 of a sheaf of his early seventies lithographs of Sagg Main prompted an extended study of the image. Dash applied gesso to the lithograph to obscure the original image and produced a suite of oil studies now on view in the Spine Gallery. These works served as a further point of departure for the series of canvases shown here. While Sagg Main was a road he would have known well and traveled daily, Dash did not paint the scene from life outside, but rather from his visual memory. A friend visiting the studio at the time these paintings were made was struck by the range of canvases circling the walls and later recalled how Dash worked from painting to painting, moving freely back and forth, rather like composing the different movements of a symphony. In this last series, Dash’s intuitive process constantly mines the possibilities essential to painting to reveal the world around us.