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221. These four oils well document the wonderful collection of the Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan. The right image is by Alexis Jean Fournier(1865-1948). Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Fournier was one of the most prolific 19th-Century landscape artists. Greatly influenced by the Barbizon painters, his work pays homage to his artistic mentors. The left image is a 19th-Century portrait. The painting has suffered through a succession of restorations and now will require considerable work to return the painting to museum standards.
           

Anon. "Portrait of a Woman" ca. 1850
H. 27" X W. 23" Before Treatment

Alexis Fournier "A French Sky"
H. 18" X W. 24" Before Treatment
           

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Guy Carleton Wiggins (1883 - 1962) adopted the bright palette and lively brushwork of the impressionist movement, and is best known for his New York City snow scenes and landscapes in the area of the Impressionist colony of Old Lyme, Connecticut. The son of artist John Carleton Wiggins, Guy was born and grew up in Lyme where his parents had purchased a country house and studio. The right image is by Clinton Loveridge (1824 - 1915). Loveridge painted numerous pastoral landscapes with cattle and sheep, somewhat influenced by the Hudson River School. He was born in Albany, New York in 1824, dying in Brooklyn.
           

Guy Wiggins "Old North Dock" ca. 1912
H. 25" X W. 30" Before Treatment

Clinton Loveridge "Grazing Cows" 1887
H. 12" X W. 10" Before Treatment
           

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222. In his painting, Guy Pène du Bois (1884­1958) presented witty and mocking views of New York society. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Pène du Bois showed a talent for drawing during high school and in 1899 enrolled in the New York School of Art, where his teacher was William Merritt Chase. He later trained with Robert Henri. Pène du Bois went to Paris in 1905, where one of his paintings was shown in the Salon. He returned to New York and found a job as an illustrator and as a music and art critic for the New York American. He was an early supporter, showed several canvases, and helped organize the 1913 Armory Show. His style was dominated by simplified and stylized figures, depicted with a laconic eye and sharp awareness of the pomposity and artifice of social encounters.

Guy Pène du Bois "Four Arts Ball" 1929
H. 29" X W. 36" Before Treatment
           

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Henry Moret (1856-1918) spent most of his life in Brittany painting evocative Impressionist landscapes. His artistic career began after completing his formal education at the École National des Beaux-Arts under Jean-Paul Laurens and Jean-Leon Gerome. Moret rejected his academic training in favor of the painting techniques of the Impressionists. In 1888, he moved to Pont-Aven where he worked alongside his friends, Paul Gaugin and Emile Bernard. In 1896, he settled in the village of Doelen where his art, a combination of Impressionist handling of the paint and the subjective treatment of color, reached its maturity. Moret traditionally incorporates small figures in his landscapes capturing the coexistence of peasant life with the blustery shoreline. The right image is by Maxime Maufra (1861-1918). All three paintings are owned by the University of Chicago's Smart Museum of Art.
           

Henry Moret "Les Ramasseurs d"Epaves" 1901
H. 26" X W. 36" Before Treatment

Maxime Maufra "Le Rade de Bordeaux" 1910
H. 23" X W. 31" After Treatment
           

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223. This landscape is from the collections of the Oshkosh Public Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The painting offers a snapshot and insight into the daily life of the pioneer family. The painting probably dates from the 1850s and is layered with over a century of dirt and grime. Cleaning will reinstate its primitive charm.

Anonymous "Pioneer Family" ca. 1850
H. 15" X 20" Before Treatment

           

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224. These four oils are owned by the Illinois State Museum, Springfield , Illinois. The below images are by Gertrude Abercrombie (1909-1977). She was born in Texas but moved to Berlin with her parents at a young age. Her family returned to Illinois where she attended the University of Illinois. Initially interested in writing, she turned to painting at the urging of Tom Kempf, brother of sculptor Tud pictured on the left. At 26, she earned employment through the WPA program. Her reputation as an imaginative artist grew steadily. She married and had numerous art-related friends including Gertrude Stein, Thornton Wilder, Dizzie Gillespie and Charlie Parker. Jazz events at her Hyde Park residence were legendary. Today, her works are represented in major museums throughout the country. Her Surrealistic imagery has a haunting aura difficult to understand but easy to reflect upon,
           

Gertrude Abercrombie "Tud Kempf"ca. 1931
H. 18" X W. 15" After Treatment

Gertrude Abercrombie "Cat, Screen, Ghost" 1950
H. 23" X W. 18" After Treatment
           
The lower left image is by Samuel Bell Waugh. Waugh was born in Mercer, Pennsylvania in 1814. His early interest in art carried him to Europe to study painting on his own, spending eight years traveling between France, Italy and England. He spent his time studying the techniques of light, color, composition and style of the old masters. When he returned to the States, he settled in Philadelphia and became a popular portrait artist, even painting portraits of Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant. Waugh was a member of the National Academy of Design and the Artists' Fund Society. He was from a family of successful artists; his wife Mary Eliza Young Waugh, his son Frederick Judd Waugh, his daughter Ida Waugh and his nephew Henry W. Waugh were all painters. Samuel Waugh died in Janesville, Wisconsin in 1885. Works by his son Frederick are represented in the 2005 inventory on Page 22 in a painting also owned by the Philbrook Museum of Art and on Page 15 in a painting owned by the The Harry S. Truman National Historic Site, National Park Service, Independence, Missouri.
           

Samuel B. Waugh "Dorothea Dix" 1873
H. 27" X W. 22" Before Treatment

Carol Hoeckner "Contemporary Rhythms" 1932
H. 30" X W. 40" After Treatment
           

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225. Elgin Academy, Elgin, Illinois, was founded in 1839. Today, the school has an enrollment of over 400 students. Last year, the Academy broke ground for its new Media, Science, and Fine Arts Center scheduled to open in the Fall of 2008. With a school almost 170-years-old, it is not surprising that a wonderful art collection has been procured over the years. These four oils well attest to the collection's character and strengths. The left image is by Pauline Lennards Palmer (1867-1938). Palmer studied with William Merritt Chase and also in Paris. She exhibited for many years at the Art Institute of Chicago and won several awards from the institution.
           

Pauline Palmer "The Gossips"
H. 20" X W. 24" Before Treatment

Sam Ostrowski "Portrait of Nathaniel Sears"
1915    H. 40" X W. 30" Before Treatment

           

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The lower right image is by Eugène Isabey (1803-1886). Born in Paris, the son of Jean-Baptiste Isabey, a painter as well, Eugène Isabey studied and worked at the Louvre Museum. Early in his career his paintings consisted of mostly watercolor landscapes. In 1820, he travelled to Normandy and Britain painting land and seascapes. The left image is by Joseph Vavak. Vavak was born in Vienna, Austria in 1899. He was raised in Chicago and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and at the Art Student's League in New York. This painting was created under the WPA/FAP. The Works Progress Administration, or WPA, was established by Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Six of Vavak's pieces are now in the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The pictured oil will need considerable work to return it to its best condition. Vavak died in Stotesbury, Missouri in 1969.
           

Joseph Vavak "The Flood" 1936 WPA
H. 30" X W. 36" Before Treatment

Eugène Isabey "The Wreck"
H. 22" X W. 18" Before Treatment

           

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