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THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF DESIGN ANNOUNCES
THE LAUNCH OF THE EASTMAN JOHNSON CATALOGUE RAISONNÉ
Directed by Dr. Patricia Hills

The National Academy of Design is pleased to announce the launch of the virtual Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné on July 29, in recognition of the anniversary of the artist’s birthday. In this first phase, the catalogue raisonné is focused on American artist Eastman Johnson’s paintings. Subsequent phases will include the artist’s drawings and prints. Founded and directed by Dr. Patricia Hills, project managed by Abigael MacGibeny, and stewarded by the National Academy of Design, the Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné (EJCR) is based on Dr. Hills’s decades-long research on Johnson’s artwork, which dates to the 1972 monographic exhibition of his work at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Celebrating the artist’s substantial contributions to the development of American genre and portrait painting throughout the latter half of the nineteenth century, this catalogue raisonné is a vast and intricate online resource designed to be a living archive. The website address of the Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné will be announced on July 29.

“The National Academy of Design is honored to serve as the steward of the Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. Elected as an Academician in 1860, Eastman Johnson was an active and engaged leader of the National Academy community over many decades—serving as a board member, officer, and instructor—so it is especially meaningful that the Academy is now able to help preserve and amplify his work and legacy for future generations. As an online resource that will be linked to essays and other critical work by contemporary scholars and historians, the EJCR will set a new benchmark for what a catalogue raisonné can be, and we are deeply appreciative of Dr. Patricia Hills for her extraordinary work in bringing this to fruition,” states Gregory Wessner, Executive Director of the National Academy of Design.

Similar to a printed catalogue raisonné, the EJCR website provides primary information on paintings by Eastman Johnson, and subsequently will incorporate his drawings and prints. According to Dr. Hills, “This information will not only aid in the connoisseurship of Johnson’s art, but will provide a multifaceted lens for examining the history of American art.” More than 900 of Johnson’s paintings are organized thematically and catalogued with their titles, dates, media, dimensions, inscriptions, current owners, provenance, exhibition history, and bibliography. Many of the entries also feature quotes from historical sources, remarks by Dr. Hills and MacGibeny that provide insight into the works, and Dr. Hills’s examination notes and opinion letters. Works Eastman Johnson, Self-Portrait, 1859-1860, Collection of the National Academy of Design are related to each other to create meaningful connections that illuminate Johnson’s interests and practices. Visitors to the EJCR website will be able to bookmark Johnson works, with catalogue information and images, for their future reference and use. Visitors also will be able to bookmark collections, exhibitions, and literature, and refer to their saved materials on return visits to the site.

Johnson’s thematic areas of focus include early representations of the Ojibwe Nation in Minnesota Territory; the visual culture of the Civil War; images of Black and white people which avoided stereotypes of the time; mid-century artisans; the celebration of farmers and the agrarian communal ideal; images of the interiority of women; summertime living at the seashore; and the shift in style and content from an earlier moralizing genre painting to subject pictures with an emphasis on the spontaneous brushstroke. His portraits document networks of literary and historical figures including Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and his circle, as well as politicians, businessmen, and patrons who were prominent in their time including Jay Gould, John D. Rockefeller, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and William Vanderbilt. Other portraits include those of three U.S. Presidents painted from life—Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland, and Benjamin Harrison— and many other members of Gilded Age society and their families. Eastman Johnson’s ties to the National Academy of Design are longstanding. He became an Academician in 1860 and participated actively in the Academy’s Annual Exhibitions throughout the second half of the nineteenth century. He also served on the Academy’s governing body, the Council, from 1866 to 1870, as Vice-President from 1874 to 1876, and again on the Council for a three-year term beginning in 1890. Johnson taught at the Academy’s school for the academic years of 1867 and 1868. The Academy is proud to become the long-term steward of the EJCR, managing future updates and keeping it available to the public in perpetuity. The Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné has been made possible with support from Boston University, the Wyeth Foundation for American Art, the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, the National Academy of Design, and the Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts. Private collectors also have been generous contributors to the Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné Endowment Fund. The EJCR website was developed by panOpticon, whose specialized catalogue raisonné platform enables the digital collection and presentation of this rich content.

About Eastman Johnson:
Eastman Johnson (1824–1906) was a leading genre and portrait painter of the middle-to-late nineteenth century. Born in Maine, he began his career as a portrait draughtsman, working in Maine, Washington DC, and Boston. In 1849, he went to Europe to learn to paint and study the Old Masters. He stayed two years in Düsseldorf, studying with Emanuel Leutze, then moved to The Hague where he established himself as a portrait painter. In 1855 he relocated to Paris to study with Thomas Couture, who worked in a modern style for those times. His stay was cut short when he received news his mother had died. He thus returned to the U.S. in late 1855, living first in Washington, where his family resided, then moving to New York City to advance his art career. He became known as a genre painter of American scenes, and his paintings of African Americans were highly praised. He was one of the first of his generation to draw and paint the Ojibwe in the Lake Superior area. He became an Associate of the National Academy of Design in 1859 and the following year he was elected a full Academician. During the war, he followed the Union troops and painted scenes he had witnessed. He also took time off to paint the maple sugar spring harvest in Maine in the early 1860s. After 1871 he spent summers in Nantucket, where he painted his series of the cranberry fall harvest. The last twenty years of his life he spent primarily as a portraitist. He was active in New York art organizations, belonged to the Century Association and The Union League Club, and was a founding trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Today, Johnson is recognized as a painter who brought more sophisticated painting techniques to America, and extended the range of “American” subjects, often transforming traditional European themes, bringing a more dignified and democratic content to genre painting. He spoke to and for his own generation and was a great influence on a number of genre painters such as Thomas Waterman Wood, J. G. Brown, Thomas Hovenden, George C. Lambdin, and Winslow Homer.

History of the Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné:
Art historian Patricia Hills, Professor Emerita at Boston University where she taught for 36 years, began the project in 1971 with her research on Eastman Johnson for her doctoral dissertation (PhD, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU). She organized the exhibition Eastman Johnson for the Whitney Museum of American Art in March 1972, which was later presented by the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Cincinnati Art Museum, and the Milwaukee Art Center. In 1999 she was invited to co-curate the exhibition Eastman Johnson: Painting America, which opened at The Brooklyn Museum and traveled to the San Diego Museum of Art and the Seattle Art Museum. Over the years she has added to her Johnson files and has consulted with museums, galleries, auction houses, and private collectors on works by Johnson. Abigael MacGibeny (MA, Boston University) joined the project in 2012. Since that time, she has conducted additional research into all of Johnson’s works to supplement Dr. Hills’s files and expand the catalogue raisonné and served as project manager for its completion and publication.

About the National Academy of Design:
Founded in 1825, the National Academy of Design promotes art and architecture in America through exhibition, education, and research. We advocate for the arts as a tool for education, celebrate the role of artists and architects in public life, and serve as a catalyst for cultural conversations that propel society forward. At the core of our mission are the National Academicians, a vibrant community of 450 artists and architects in the United States. Representing a wide cross section of practice, the Academicians embody our shared belief in the power of art and architecture to change society and enrich lives. Through their individual work and collective initiatives, the Academicians support their communities, peers, and the next generation of creative thinkers.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | July 22, 2021 – New York, NY

For additional inquiries contact:
Blaise Marshall, Communications Manager
bmarshall@nationalacademy.org

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Above:
Eastman Johnson
Self-Portrait
1859–60
Oil on canvas
30 3/8 x 25 in. (77.2 x 63.5 cm)
Collection of the National Academy of Design, New York
Photo: National Academy of Design, New York

size matters

Grandes_baigneuses_1906 .

comparative data analyses within shared frameworks yield many treasures
— not the least of which is the awakening of perception itself

by Jayne Warman, co-author of The Paintings, Watercolors and Drawings of Paul Cezanne.

All too often the size of a work of art illustrated in a printed book or catalogue is deceptive — a small painting in actuality may seem monumental in print and a large canvas diminutive. So, too, it can be a challenge to visualize the sizes of a selected group of pictures and how they compare to one another.

One of the many appealing features of an online catalogue is the potential to view the works of art by their relative size. For scholars this capability can be a powerful research tool and for museum curators a useful instrument in organizing exhibitions. Think about it: one can view online all of the self-portraits by an artist, say from smallest to largest, or by date of execution, or in relation to all portraits of a specified dimension. Or, if the artist executed a motif in series (Cezanne, for example, often painted in threes), one can easily compare visually the same subject in its varying sizes. Furthermore, exhibitions or public collections can be recreated with the works of art seen proportionately. I use the example of the Cezanne retrospective at the 1907 Salon in Paris where nearly sixty paintings and watercolors were shown, including the Philadelphia Museum’s monumental Grandes Baigneuses, which by its sheer size dominated the exhibition space.  In the absence of installation photos for this retrospective, a researcher with access to an online catalogue can better appreciate the impact of this impressive work on the many young artists who encountered Cezanne’s art for the first time.

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Above:
FWN 981
Paul Cezanne
Grandes baigneuses 1906
Alternate titles: Badende; Badende (Frauen); Badende Frauen; Baigneuses; Bañistas; Bathers; Die Badenden; Grandes bañistas; Große Badende; Le Bain; Les baigneuses; Les grandes baigneuses; Nus or Grandes baigneuses; The Bathers; The Large Bathers
Rewald: (857) 1906; Venturi revised: 1898–1905; Venturi: (719) 1898–1905; Rivière: 1895 and 1902; Gowing: started in 1895, abandoned, and taken up again in 1905; Reff: 1906 (MoMA)
Oil on canvas
82 7/8 x 98 3/4 in. (210.5 x 250.8 cm)
Vollard B stockbook: no. 4453, baigneuses (20000/60000 frs)
Philadelphia Museum of Art (W.P. Wilstach Collection)

the visual diary of a full life revealed

The Fissure (Driving to San Andreas) 1982

the Margaret Lefranc Catalogue Raisonné is now live online

Margaret Lefranc (1907-1998) was an exceptionally talented artist whose career as a painter, illustrator, and editor spanned more than 85 years. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she created her first works of art at the age of six. Lefranc lived in Berlin with her parents from 1920 to 1922 and then in Paris during the decade between 1923 and 1933, where she studied art at the Sorbonne, the Académie André Lhote, and the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. In 1935, two years after her return to the US, she founded the Guild Art Gallery in New York City. The gallery promoted several important artists; Arshile Gorky, for example, held his first New York solo exhibition there. Between 1948 and 1953, she illustrated five books for the anthropologist Alice Marriott, most notably Maria: The Potter of San Ildefonso, which received a Fifty Best Books of the Year award in 1948 from the Library of Congress (in conjunction with the American Institute of Graphic Arts).

Lefranc created portraits, landscapes, still lives, and abstract works in a variety of styles and media throughout the course of her “lifetime of imaging.” Her diverse oeuvre —a visual diary of sorts— traces her travels and the places that she called home, whether that be the Catskill Mountains, Coconut Grove, Florida, or the adobe home that she built in Nambe, New Mexico. This first installment of the online catalogue raisonné includes over 200 paintings by Lefranc that reside in the collection of the Margaret Lefranc Art Foundation. The remaining paintings — held in private and public collections (or works that are currently un-located) — will be addressed in updates to the website. Future installments will feature specific selections from Lefranc’s large body of works on paper, such as preparatory drawings, the landscapes of New Mexico and New York, book illustrations, and abstract monotypes to name a few. A chronology is also planned.

– Sandra McKenzie     President, Margaret Lefranc Art Foundation
– Melissa Kerr               Editor, Margaret Lefranc catalogue raisonné

 

Above:
Margaret Lefranc
The Fissure (Driving to San Andreas)
1982
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 36 in. (61 x 91.4 cm)
Signed lower right (in the 1990s): M. Lefranc
Margaret Lefranc Art Foundation

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Cezanne Online

Paul Cézanne. La Montagne Sainte-Victoire vue du chemin de Valcros,

All the known works of Paul Cezanne together at last in one place — online

The Paintings, Watercolors and Drawings of Paul Cezanne: An online catalogue raisonné under the direction of Walter Feilchenfeldt, Jayne Warman and David Nash was officially launched in November 2014.

Two of the catalogue’s three authors, Jayne Warman and Walter Feilchenfeldt, worked with John Rewald on the 1996 print version of the catalogue raisonné. But, it was co-author David Nash’s innovative idea ten years ago to re-publish all the works in color. His initial idea of producing a printed full-color supplement to the print catalogue rapidly gave way to the more ambitious project of updating and revising the Rewald Catalogue and putting all the new research online.

The online catalogue, designed by panOpticon, evolved into a full, comprehensive online experience that benefits students, scholars, curators, collectors, galleries, and auction houses as well as anyone who wants to learn more about one of the most revered and influential artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Above: Paul Cézanne. La Montagne Sainte-Victoire vue du chemin de Valcros, 1878–79, oil on canvas, Pushkin Museum, Moscow.

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new Arthur Dove CR in print

Arthur Dove, Sunrise I, 1936

the transcendent catalogue raisonné Arthur Dove deserves

“The Arthur Dove Catalogue Raisonné Project, launched in early 2013, aims to build on and revise the earlier compendium of the artist’s work overseen by Ann Lee Morgan in 1984. After curating two major exhibitions featuring his work—Arthur Dove: A Retrospective (1997-98) and Dove/O’Keeffe: Circles of Influence (2009)—I knew firsthand that America’s foremost abstract artist of the early twentieth century required an updated catalogue that definitively chronicled his output as a painter. With Morgan’s volume as a foundation, I sought not only to add to her entries on Dove’s known corpus of paintings and assemblages, which he called “things,” but also to illustrate each work in color. For an artist who declared in 1930, midway through his career, that his primary interest was to capture the “condition of light” elusive within nature, this seemed essential. Black-and-white reproductions, after all, can hardly allude to the metaphysical properties and sensation of transcendence that lay at the heart of Dove’s aesthetic program.

“The format of any catalogue raisonné is inherently fixed, with its prescribed chronological listings, and thereby resists invention and variation. It must prove an inventory of excavated facts—ownership histories and transactions, as well as notable exhibitions—all to serve the scholar, student, collector, and dealer. As I saw it, part of my challenge was to relieve this serial structure through some modicum of vitality. My response has been to include an essay that ties Dove’s work to the critics who (mostly) bolstered his painting during his lifetime as well as a lengthy biographical timeline that traces his career and its intersections with relevant modernist developments and preoccupations. Additionally, I have written twenty-four short essays on paintings deemed to represent some of Dove’s monuments whose formal resolution and emotional uplift stretched the known territories of American abstraction before midcentury.”

– Debra Bricker Balken
Director, The Arthur Dove Catalogue Raisonné Project

Arthur Dove: A Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings and Things
by Debra Bricker Balken; with contributions by Jessie Sentivan
Distributed by Yale University Press for the Arthur Dove Catalogue Raisonné Project
ISBN: 9780300251654 Hardcover

“… the true revelation here lies in the full-color illustrations, which track the painter through his marvels and misfires alike.” — from “BOOKFORUM CONTRIBUTORS on this season’s notable art books,” BOOKFORUM MAR/APR/MAY 2021

Above: Sunrise I, 1936, oil and wax emulsion on canvas, 25 x 35 in. Collection of Deborah and Ed Shein

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an amazing site – it takes a village

Fitz Henry Lane – Gloucester Harbor 1847 (detail)

A single website can make a significant contribution to the digital humanities

Fitz Henry Lane Online is a freely-accessible interactive and interdisciplinary online resource created by the Cape Ann Museum. The website is organized around a catalog of the paintings, drawings, and lithographs of nineteenth-century American painter Fitz Henry Lane (1804–1865). The Cape Ann Museum, located in Gloucester, Massachusetts (Lane’s birthplace and home for most of his life) has the world’s largest collection of Lane’s paintings, drawings, lithographs, and related archival material. The website is intended to provide information of interest to a broad audience, and to serve as a resource for study of Lane’s work. The website focuses on both the formal, aesthetic qualities and the historical context of Lane’s pictures.

“One of the advantages of an online resource is that new information can be added at any time. It is intended that this site will evolve as writers, historians, and art scholars pursue new research and use this site as a forum and important resource for the work of Fitz Henry Lane and the related art and history of mid-nineteenth-century New England.

“With funding from generous donors, early conservation and curatorial work by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and conservation work donated by the Cleveland Museum of Art, the website now includes hundreds of high-resolution images, including details and conservation (infrared, x-ray, and magnified) images; provenance records; selected exhibition and literature histories; annotated entries for key works; and extensive historical materials related to the subjects of Lane’s pictures. This project could not have been launched without the tireless contributions of project and Cape Ann Museum staff and the wide circle of advisors and volunteers who have so generously devoted their time and expertise, for which we are ever grateful.”

Sam Holdsworth
Fitz Henry Lane Online Project Director
“About the Project” (see the full article with list of staff, sponsors, and donors)

 

Above : Fitz Henry Lane. Gloucester Harbor (detail),1847. Oil on canvas, 28 1/2 x 41 in. (71.8 x 104.1 cm). Signed and dated lower right: F H Lane, 1847 [could have been FHL originally]. Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester, Mass., Gift of Estate of Samuel H. Mansfield, 1949 (1332.20). Photo: Cape Ann Museum

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scholarship builds on reliable data

an exemplary catalogue raisonné takes off online

The research files that support the Catalogue Raisonné of the Canadian painter
Tom Thomson (1877–1917) are available for consultation by appointment
at the Edward P. Taylor Library & Archives, Art Gallery of Ontario

“From 1970 on, I had the work of Thomson in private collections brought into the Art Gallery of Ontario to be photographed. In examining this material, and the Gallery collection of works by Thomson, I found myself fascinated with the inscriptions (often written by Dr. J.M. MacCallum, Thomson’s great patron and friend), on the backs of works and I began to believe they were important to the record. After I left the Gallery and became Director of The Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa from 1974 to 2000, and afterwards, I continued to record Thomson inscriptions and labels wherever I could, especially in works as they appeared at auction and in private collections. Even in 2009, incredibly it seemed to me, genuine Thomsons came my way to be recorded. Like every cataloguer who attempts omnipotence, the discovery of this work helped me realize my shortcomings. I would like to believe that I have included all the works by Tom Thomson that exist, but I realize that the field is open. New material will show up with time.”

Tom Thomson Catalogue Raison: Researched and written by Joan Murray

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Above: Tom Thomson
Round Lake, Mud Bay
Fall 1915
Alternate titles: Geese, Round Lake, Mud Bay
Oil on wood
8 7/16 x 10 5/16 in. (21.5 x 26.2 cm)
Inscription recto: l.r., Tom Thomson / 15 (incised) Inscription verso: u.l., in ink, by Mrs. Frank Cooper, Round Lake, Mud Bay / Painted as the First Flock of of [sic] / Geese flew back from the South [crossed out] North / Painting By The World’s Best Artist / Tom Thomson “1915″ He was Drowned at / Algonquin park July 8th 1916 [sic]; incised on frame (in 1970); Cat. 86; label, Art Gallery of Toronto, J.S. McLean
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (L69.51)

 

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19th century life in living color

Boatmen on the Missouri 1846

the George Caleb Bingham Catalogue Raisonné is launched

“George Caleb Bingham (1811-1879) is recognized today as one of the most important 19th century American artists. He is distinguished among the first generation of painters of the early American West for his classic narrative scenes drawn from his actual observation and experience.

“The primary goal of this project is to strengthen public and scholarly access to Bingham’s authenticated paintings and to ensure the lasting heritage of Missouri’s greatest 19th century artist, an artist who holds a high place among the pantheon of America’s enduring Old Masters. Each of Bingham’s nearly 600 paintings will be documented by a high-resolution color photograph, combined with each painting’s physical description, provenance, history of exhibitions, and full bibliography; and in the case of his many portraits, biographical and genealogical data will be included. Image-wise, this is a significant improvement in presentation over the predominantly black & white reproductions in the previously published 1986 edition.

“This new online Catalogue Raisonné builds on and reproduces, and in some cases updates and revises, the masterful scholarship developed over four decades by Professor of Art History E. Maurice Bloch (1925-1989). The Paintings of George Caleb Bingham: A Catalogue Raisonné, published in 1986 by University of Missouri Press. Since 2005, under the direction of distinguished art historian and Bingham scholar, Fred R. Kline, and supported by an advisory board of scholars, some 30 previously unknown and unnoticed paintings have been added to Bingham’s works—including many new discoveries, notably his first river-themed painting from 1841, Baiting the Hook. As Bingham did not sign most of his paintings, it is expected that future works will rise to the surface and be identified and added to this catalogue.

“This project is undertaken by the Riverbank Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization created specifically to undertake the new Bingham Catalogue Raisonné and other future projects dealing with American art and art history.”

Above:
George Caleb Bingham
Boatmen on the Missouri
Oil on canvas
1846
25 x 30 in. (63.5 x 76.2 cm)
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco – The de Young Museum

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the ‘Painter of the National Parks’

Gunnar Widforss, Desert Vista, n.d.

Gunnar Widforss Catalogue Raisonné Launched

“Although Gunnar Widforss (1879–1934) was known as the ‘Painter of the National Parks’ in the United States in the 1920s and 1930s, very little art-historical writing or scholarship has been focused on the artist. His extraordinary paintings of western national parks in the United States and scenes of European and Swedish landscapes have suffered from decades of obscurity following his death in 1934. Throughout his career (1904–1934), Widforss swam against the powerful tide of modernism as tastes in art focused on the European avant-garde. His first significant exhibition in Stockholm in 1913, featuring landscape scenes of southern France and Capri, took place shortly after Picasso and Braque’s early period of experimental Cubism peaked, and it coincided with the intense artistic dialogue spawned by the 1913 Armory Show in New York.

“The Museum of Northern Arizona, located in Flagstaff, Arizona, currently has the largest collection of Widforss paintings, drawings, and related archival material, with twenty-two works of art in the fine art collection. The Museum’s relationship with the artist dates back to the late 1920s.

“The catalogue raisonné is a comprehensive catalogue of all of Widforss’ work known at this time. At the date of publication (September 2020), the catalogue includes over 1,200 works from private and public collections, and many for which the present location is unknown. As research continues, works will be added and information updated.”

Above:
Gunnar Widforss, Desert Vistan.d.
Watercolor
13 1/4 x 20 3/4 in. (33.7 x 52.7 cm)
Signed lower left: Widforss
Northern Arizona University Art Museum, Flagstaff, Arizona

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Portrait of Lyonel Feininger 1932

Bates Museum is cataloging the artworks of Marsden Hartley

“Thanks to a major grant, Bates College Museum of Art in Lewiston, Maine has begun work  on The Marsden Hartley Legacy Project: The Complete Paintings and Works on Paper. The Project is the first-ever comprehensive, publicly accessible guide to all known artworks by Marsden Hartley, a pioneer of American Modernism.

“One of the biggest foundation gifts ever received by the Museum, this grant is the Bates museumʼs second from the New York City-based Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts.

“The initial phase of the Hartley Legacy Project will be an annotated online catalog of all known paintings and works on paper by the prolific artist, with publication as a book being a longer-term goal.

“Gail R. Scott of Portland, Maine, an independent art historian and curator and an authority on Hartley, is partnering with Bates and will direct the project. Bates museum curator William Low says that Scott ‘has almost unparalleled knowledge of Hartleyʼs artwork and writing.’

“Scottʼs work with Bates on the Legacy Project will be based, in part, on Hartley research she has amassed over the decades. ‘Itʼs very important for scholars, galleries and museums, and even collectors to have this accessible,’ she explains.

“The Bates museum is widely recognized as an important Hartley resource thanks to the Hartley Memorial Collection, established at the college in the 1950s by a bequest from Hartleyʼs estate.

“‘As the home to the Hartley Memorial Collection and the museum in Hartleyʼs hometown, Bates thought it was important to be the institution to initiate this project and establish it here,’ says Dan Mills, director of the Bates museum.

“‘In recent years, the museum has focused on stewardship, cataloging, researching and making available information about this important collection. The museum and the Memorial Collection have increasingly been a research destination for scholars from around the world.’”

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Above:
Marsden Hartley
Paris Days . . Pre-War Pageant
1913
Oil on canvas in artist’s painted frame
39 1/2 x 37 7/8 in. (100.3 x 81 cm.) including artist’s frame
Collection of Deborah and Ed Shein

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