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Nantucket Art Colony
Summer/Autumn 2007
In the early twentieth century Nantucket's whaling wharves launched a generation of artists who transformed the island's identity from an economic hub dependent on the sea to a haven for the arts. The Nantucket art colony came to life in the 1920s among t
Re-creating Jonathan Warner's Bed Hangings
Summer/Autumn 2007
The 1814 inventory of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, merchant Jonathan Warner listed a full complement of green damask upholstered items in the parlor chamber: ten chairs, an easy chair, a night chair, and bedstead with bed hangings. Also in the room was a la
The Portraits of William Merritt Chase
Summer/Autumn 2007
Early in his career, William Merritt Chase (1849-1916) decided that the best way to achieve a high profile and derive financial reward in the art making business was to paint portraits, a skill at which he was quite accomplished. The first exhibition of t
Edward Hopper: Hours of Darkness
Summer 2007
Many of Edward Hopper’s (1882–1967) most admired paintings are night scenes. An enthusiast of both movies and the theater, he adapted the device of highlighting a scene against a dark background, providing the viewer with a sense of sitting in
Green Your Home With Antiques: Investing in Antique Rugs Can Benefit Your Health and the Environment
Summer 2007
From government policies to award-winning documentaries, "green" consciousness now permeates all aspects of our lives. The major concerns of the early twenty-first century are energy efficiency, solar power, and the need to cultivate a way of life that is
Hiram Powers' Technique: The Art of Seizing a Likeness in Marble
Summer 2007
Hiram Powers (1805-1873) was one of the most celebrated American sculptors of the nineteenth century. His full-length nude marble statue The Greek Slave (1844), one of his best-known works, earned him international acclaim. A retrospective exhibition of
Modernism: Designing a New World 1914-1939 to Emphasize American Works
Summer 2007
Never before have the conditions of life changed so swiftly and enormously as they have changed for mankind in the last fifty years. We have been carried along... [and] we are only now beginning to realize the force and strength of the storm of change
Paul Poiret: Furnishing the Fashion Industry
Summer 2007
Paul Poiret “arrived on the Paris scene when the nineteenth century was closing belatedly and the twentieth century slowly was opening.”1 Born in 1879 to the owners of a woolen goods and cloth business near the Les Halles section of
The Gem in the Park: The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
Summer 2007
Often overlooked, some would say undiscovered, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts (WCMFA) in Hagerstown, Maryland, has been exhibiting its world-class collection for seventy-five years. The museum is important both for its place in the cultural lan
William Ranney Rediscovered
Summer 2007
For much of the twentieth century, William Ranney (1813–1857) was primarily known for his realistic depictions of the West. Stampeding horses, wild mustangs, vaqueros, trappers, and emigrating families were popular themes acquired by collectors. Alt
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