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246. This oil is owned by the State Historical Society of Iowa. The painting, depicting a former U. S. Secretary of Agriculture (1897-1913) will need considerable work to return it to an exhibitable appearance.

Wlbur A. Reaser "James Wilson"
H. 52" x W. 44" Before Treatment
           

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247. This wonderful Pre-Raphaelite work is owned by the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. The piece is a bit of a mystery for even though it is signed in the lower right corner there is no provenancial or biographical information on the artist. The surface is heavily layered with dirt and discolored varnish. Cleaning will reinstate the intended tonal relationships and return the three-dimensional character of the scene.

"Untitled" 1887
H. 36" x W. 17" Before Treatment
           

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248. Marinus Adrianus Koekkoek (1807-1870) was born in Middelburg, the second son of Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek (1778-1851). He began his apprenticeship in his father's studio working with his elder brother Barend Cornelis Koekkoek (1803-1862). The two brothers began specialising in landscape painting and in 1837 they shared a studio at Cleve. Marinus later travelled to Amsterdam and Hilversum. The work of Marinus Adrianus Koekkoek is represented in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum Rotterdam, the Musée Royale, Brussels, the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield. The right oil is by Alice Neel (1900-1984). Both paintings are from the collection of the Smart Art Museum at the University of Chicago.
           

Marinus Adrianus Koekkoek "Landscape" 1858
H. 14" x W. 18" After Treatment

Alice Neel "The City" 1940's
H. 36" x W. 36" Before Treatment
           

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249. John Alexander McClernand (1812-1900) was initially a lawyer, newspaper editor, and Democratic politician in Illinois who was a U. S. Representative from 1843-1851 and again from 1859-1861. He left Congress to become a Union Brigadier General.. McClernand proved to be politically ambitious, sometimes insubordinate and only occasionally effective. He commanded troops at forts Henry and Donelson and at Shiloh. In January of 1863 he led 30,000 troops in an unauthorized and controversial Arkansas Post expedition. Ulysses S. Grant subsequently disbanded McClernand's force and reassigned him to the 13th Corps. He resigned in 1864 and resumed his legal and political activities. His oval portrait, to the right, is owned by the Abraham Lincoln Library, Springfield, Illinois.

Anon. "Brig. Gen. John McClernand" ca. 1863
H. 16" x W. 13" Before Treatment
           

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250. The following four oils are from the outstanding collection of Elgin Academy, Elgin, Illinois. The left image is by Dennis Burlingame (1901-1964). Born in Oneida, New York, Burlingame participated in both summer sessions of the Stone City Art Colony. During 1933, he served as a faculty member and assisted Arnold Pyle with the popular framing classes. Labeled as a "circus painter" for his paintings of clowns and sideshow scenes, Burlingame's early works became part of a circus art genre. Several family stories state that Dennis worked briefly for the James Strait circus (located in Florida) as a snake charmer, a tale fitting of his lifestyle, where he would "vanish" for years and then reappear in New York.

Burlingame's paintings were featured in several Iowa exhibitions, including: the Iowa Federation of Women's Clubs (1932) and the Iowa Art Salon. Three paintings ("First Ballyhoo," "Carnival Canvas," and "Side Show Interior") were purchased by the federal government as part of the WPA art program and were later displayed in Washington, D.C. Awarded a WPA commission for the Wildwood, New Jersey post office in 1934, Burlingame completed its two mural panels in 1935. A 1939 showing of WPA art at the M.H. DeYoung Memorial Museum (San Francisco) featured several of his paintings. A scholar of both history and art, Dennis was a self-taught artist with oils as his main medium. Burlingame once briefly shared an apartment with Jackson Pollock in Greenwich Village. He died in 1964 in New York City. The pictured oil carries a Federal Arts Project label on the verso.

           

Dennis Burlingame "Hey, Rube" FAP
H. 24" x W. 30" Before Treatment

Georgina Segedy "West of the River" 1940
H. 26" x W. 30" Before Treatment
           

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Another WPA painting in the Academy's collection is the left image by William S. Schwrtz. Schwartz was born in Smorgon, Russia in 1896. He studied at the Vilna Art School in Russia with a four-year scholarship before immigrating to the United States at the age of 17. He lived with his sister in New York for eight months and later moved to Chicago where he continued his lessons at the Art Institute. He also assumed the role of principle tenor in various vaudeville, radio, concert and operatic performances. His musical career supported his tuition at the Institute throughout the 1920's when he became a well-recognized painter. Schwartz's musical career continued to influence his works and his paintings have been closely sourced to the writings and philosophies of Wassily Kandinsky who explored the relations of music, spirituality, color and abstract form.

After graduating from the Art Institute, Schwartz continued to exhibit there annually in group shows until, in 1926, he held his first solo-exhibition at the Institute. He continued to exhibit extensively in Chicago, Madison, Dallas, New York, Detroit and at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. Schwartz received numerous awards and prizes throughout his career. He died in Chicago in 1977.

           

William Schwartz "A Waterfall in Wisconsin"
1938      H. 30 x W. 40" After Treatment

Nicola Ziroli "River Boats" 1939
H. 24" x W. 30" Before Treatment
           

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