An exhibition with accompanying catalogue
SEPTEMBER 1 – DECEMBER 31, 2004
September 1, 2004, Philadelphia—The Schwarz Gallery has published a special catalogue of forty-four paintings by Europeans and Americans abroad, which are now on exhibition (September 1 through December 31, 2004) in the Gallery's center-city townhouse just off Rittenhouse Square.
The star of this season's show is the catalogue's cover piece, William Bruce Ellis Ranken's (Scottish, 1881–1941) Water Lilies
(1910), which a London critic of the period compared favorably to the Waterlilies of the worldfamous French Impressionist Claude Monet (1840–1926). Ranken was a contemporary and friend of John Singer Sargent (1856–1925), through whom he received numerous portrait commissions from prominent sitters in the United States. His English sitters included members of the Royal family. Ranken was a prolific artist, and the income from his portrait commissions and other paintings allowed him to purchase Warbrook House in Hampshire. His heirs distributed about one hundred of his works to British museums in 1946.
A splendid evocation of spring by the English artist, William Bromley III (Active, c. 1835–1888) May Day in the Park
is impressive not only for its size, but also for the complexity of its composition and the number of figures participating in a scene that typifies nineteenth-century English country life, just the sort of subject for which the artist is best known.
Equally impressive in another way is Giuseppe Gabani's (Italian, 1846 1900) Coaching on the Appian Way, Rome
. Gabani's painting captures the vitality and exuberant pleasure of the sport of coaching and the dominance of English fashion in the sport. The dexterity and dynamism taking place is discussed in a fascinating essay by Merri Ferrell, who was Carriage Curator at the Long Island Museum (Stony Brook, New York) for more than twenty years.
An early work, by Ashcan School artist Ernest Lawson (American, born Canada, 1873–1939), Twilight in Winter (Moret-sur-Loing)
(1894), is another significant addition to the show. This landscape was completed in 1894, a year that was crowded with key events that would have a lasting impact on the young artist's career. The hazy muted tones of this winter scene echo John Henry Twachtman's (1853–1902) manner, with whom Lawson studied with at the Art Students League in New York and at Cos Cob, Connecticut.
A late work by Henri Hayden (French, born Poland, 1883–1970) Still Life with a Basket
(1963), concludes the show. During the Cubist movement in 1920, Hayden exhibited with Pablo Picasso (1881–1973), Juan Gris (1887–1927), and Jacques Lipchitz (1891–1973) in a special exhibition at the Salon des Indépendents. This still-life exemplifies the simplistic approach, combined with a personal synthesis of Realism and Cubism that he began to take during the last thirty years of his long career. His paintings are found in museums worldwide.
The fifty-four-page, full-color catalogue Europeans and Americans Abroad
(Philadelphia Collection LXXIII) is available for $20, postpaid, from the Schwarz Gallery, 1806 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. [Gallery hours are 9:00–5:30, Monday–Friday; the Gallery is closed on Saturday during July and August but reopens Saturdays in September.]