Published: November 20, 2001
NEW YORK CITY – Berry-Hill Galleries is presenting a selection of American paintings from the collection of The Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington, N.Y. The Heckscher is known for its strength in both Nineteenth and Twentieth Century work and has been referred to by the distinguished art critic John Russell as “one of the primary small museums of the country, a kind of cosmopolitan cultural doyenne of the island, with an international reputation for its fine collection and exhibitions.”
The exhibition consists of approximately 40 works, spanning 200 years, and places emphasis on two strong aspects of the museum’s collection: Nineteenth Century American landscape and Twentieth Century American modernism. Among the earliest works in the exhibition is “Autumn” of about 1845 by Frederic E. Church, the most famous artist of the Hudson River School, which was part of the original bequest of August Heckscher.
One of the most important late works is “Indian Summer” of 1941 by the preeminent modernist Arthur G. Dove, painted while he was living in Huntington, Long Island, N.Y. It is noteworthy that the Heckscher Museum owns and is restoring the Dove house there.
Other highlights include Asher B. Durand’s “Keene Valley,” 1860’s, Ralph Albert Blakelock’s “The Poetry of Moonlight,” circa 1880-1890, and Thomas Moran’s “Hopi Village,” 1916.
Later works include Ernest Lawson’s “Night Scene, Long Island,” circa 1924, George Grosz’s “Eclipse of the Sun,” 1926, Marsden Hartley’s “Garmisch Partenkirchen #1,” 1933-34, Joseph Stella’s “Water Lily,” and Florine Stettheimer’s “Portrait of Louis Bouche,” 1923.
The Stella and the Stettheimer, as well as several other works, are part of the recent major gift to the museum from the collection of D. Frederick Baker and the late Ronald Pisano. Also represented are Long Island painters Helen Torr and Exphyr Slobodkina.
The exhibit is on view through January 5.
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