Word has reached us that the painter Darragh Park has died. His body was discovered this morning in his Bridgehampton studio by a housekeeper.
Park painted landscapes -- and city streets -- with the rigor of a Fairfield Porter and a lush palette all his own. In addition to paintings and drawings, he did the covers for several of James Schuyler's books of poems and was an incidental character in some of Schuyler's poems. His subjects included baseball games in Shea Stadium and seascapes in Miami Beach. The combination of purple and green on the cover of "A Few Days" creates a sensual visual excitement that seems true to nature's own talent for setting purple loosestrife and yellow grass and weeds in front of oaks and maples in their green summer glory. His death is a great loss.