Speicher’s most famous portrait of fellow Buffalonian “Katharine Cornell as ‘Candida,’” 1925–26, was widely displayed and applauded. When the Albright-Knox Art Gallery of Buffalo acquired the Cornell likeness, fellow Buffalonian and watercolorist Charles Burchfield described the painting as the culmination of Speicher’s portraiture and applauded the image as “one of the supreme achievements of our era,” adding that it represented an ideal “when the subject, the artist and his art are in perfect accord.” Collection of Albright-Knox Art Gallery, gift of Julia R. and Estelle L. Foundation, Inc. —Tom Loonan photo

Along His Own Lines: A Retrospective Of New York Realist Eugene Speicher

ALBANY, N.Y. — In 1936, Esquire magazine called Eugene Speicher “America’s greatest living painter.” A prominent figure on the American art scene, he was widely admired for his disciplined technique and commitment to Realism. Critics and collectors alike lauded his work, and major muse-ums avidly acquired his paintings. Represented by a major New York gallery and featured in acclaimed solo exhibitions, he received numerous awards. Speicher (1883–1962) was respected for the thoughtful composition of his paintings, his sense of the dignity of his subjects and his astute use of color. Dividing his time between New York City and the Woodstock art colony up the Hudson, he was closely associated with such prominent artists as George Bellows, Guy Pène du Bois, Robert Henri and Rockwell Kent. At the height of his success in the mid-1920s, Speicher abandoned the commissioned likenesses for which he was best known in favor of painting subjects of his own choosing, notably figurative studies, floral still lifes and landscapes. These emphases in his oeuvre, executed in a formal, academic style, however, combined with the onset of a widespread fervor for abstraction, left his work out of favor, and he faded from public view. Fortuitously, this year a comprehensive, informative exhibition, “Along His Own Lines: A Retrospective of New York Realist Eugene Speicher,” organized by guest curator Valerie Ann Leeds, serves to reintroduce his achievements to Twenty-First Century viewers. It opened at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, State University of New York at New Paltz, and is currently on view at the New York State Museum, Albany, through March 22. It is the first Speicher retrospective in a half century. The catalog is well done.... Read more

Speicher’s most famous portrait of fellow Buffalonian “Katharine Cornell as ‘Candida,’” 1925–26, was widely displayed and applauded. When the Albright-Knox Art Gallery of Buffalo acquired the Cornell likeness, fellow Buffalonian and watercolorist Charles Burchfield described the painting as the culmination of Speicher’s portraiture and applauded the image as “one of the supreme achievements of our era,” adding that it represented an ideal “when the subject, the artist and his art are in perfect accord.” Collection of Albright-Knox Art Gallery, gift of Julia R. and Estelle L. Foundation, Inc. —Tom Loonan photo

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