Published: April 22, 2003
GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – from April 27 through July 27, “Family Matters: American Impressionism and Realism” will explore the collection of art acquired by The Hyde Collection Art Museum founders Louis and Charlotte Hyde and their relatives; chiefly, the families of Mrs Hyde’s two sisters, Nell Cunningham and Mary Hoopes.
The Hydes are well known for amassing an important collection of Old Master paintings and drawings; however, years before they purchased their first work of European art they were actively acquiring significant works by American artists. “Family Matters” will include the 1909 portrait of the Hydes’ daughter May Van Ness by Edmund Charles Tarbell. They acquired Childe Hassam’s “Geraniums,” 1888-89, in 1930, and the pastel ‘Girl in the Garden,” 1896, was the last artwork purchased by Mrs Hyde just three years before her death.
“Landscapes” by Willard L. Metcalf was acquired by Nell Cunningham, and an exquisite pastel “The Ledges” by John Henry Twachtman (on loan from the Spainerman Gallery LLC in New York City) was purchased in 1928.
Later, after Mr Hyde’s death in 1934, Charlotte Hyde would continue to acquire American art adding significant works by Thomas Eakins, John Frederick Peto, Albert Pinkham Ryder and Winslow Homer to her collection.
The show includes 15 paintings, several works on paper, and small sculptures. Other artists in the exhibition include Alfred Bierstadt, Andrew Wyeth, Elihu Vedder, Anna Hyatt Huntington and Malvina Cornell Hoffman.
A slide and gallery talk will be presented on April 26 at 2 pm by curator Erin Budis Coe.
For information, 518-792-1761 or visit www.hydeartmuseum.org.
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