Franklin DeHaven was born in Indiana in 1856. Around the age of twenty he moved to New York City and studied painting with George H. Smillie, who was then in transition from a second-generation Hudson River School style to the more fashionable Barbizon style. Like many Tonalists, DeHaven probably developed his mature style out of an appreciation for Barbizon painting that he developed early in his artistic training. He is best known for his poetic landscapes of the New England countryside, but he painted coastal views as well.
Like leading Tonalist Charles H. Davis, DeHaven’s palette brightened considerably in his later work under the influence of Impressionism. Yet he retained the Tonalist inclination to organize compositions around color, balancing patches of warm and cool colors to create a harmonious image.
DeHaven exhibited at the National Academy of Design from 1886 to 1934, Brooklyn Art Association in 1886, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1898 to 1921, Boston Art Club from 1892 to 1906, Art Institute of Chicago from 1889 to 1914, Salmagundi Club from 1900 to 1925, National Arts Club in 1925, and at numerous expositions. He was a National Academician, a member and president of the Salmagundi Club, and a member of the National Arts Club. His work is found in private collections and in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Brooklyn Institute Museum, New York; Butler Art Institute, Youngstown, Ohio; and at the Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine.