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American Favorites at Maryhill Museum


From March 15 through November 15, 2003, Maryhill Museum of Art will feature paintings, prints, and photographs by American artists, from its permanent collection, that have proven to be favorites with visitors.

Included in the exhibit are works by Thomas Hart Benton, Edwin Blashfield, Edward Curtis, Thomas Hill, Robert D. Hunter, Richard Lack, R.E. Moore, William S. Haseltine, William Sargent Kendall, William McGregor Paxton, Charles Russell and others. (left: Robert Douglas Hunter, Little Leaguer, 1956, oil on canvas, Collection of Maryhill Museum of Art)

"This exhibit presents examples of American representational art from about 1880 to 1980 with subjects that reflect the developing nation's history and values," said Colleen Schafroth, executive director and curator of the exhibit. "There are beautiful portraits, landscapes, and still lifes including a great photograph of Celilo Falls by Benjamin Gifford."

Many of the themes seen in the exhibit have become classics, including the great American forest by Thomas Hill (1829-1908), the romantic western icon of buffalo hunting by Charles Russell (1864-1926), a rural town hall meeting by Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975), and idealized portraits and domestic scenes by William McGregor Paxton (1869-1941).

Later work in the exhibit are the product of the American Classical Realism tradition including those by Robert Hunter and Richard Lack, whose paintings present subjects of pristine idealized beauty.

"By the early twentieth century American artists began to look increasingly toward their own country for their inspiration, resulting in subject matter that the public was more responsive to," said Schafroth. "Over the decades, visitors to the Museum have continuously expressed enthusiasm for works by these artists."

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