May 2012 Art Acquisitions
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The following artworks were acquired in May 2012 by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. VMFA is a state agency and a model public/private partnership. All works of art are purchased with private funds from dedicated endowments. After the VMFA Board of Trustees approves proposed acquisitions on a quarterly basis, the art becomes the property of the Commonwealth of Virginia to protect, preserve, and interpret.
• Marsden Hartley (American, 1877–1943), Franconia Notch (Mt. Lafayette, Franconia Notch, N.H.), 1930, oil on canvas, 30 x 36 inches, Henry Heydenryk period frame, J. Harwood and Louise B. Cochrane Fund for American Art
• Walter McEwen (American, 1860-1943), The Judgment of Paris, ca. 1886, oil on canvas, 36⅜ x 50¼ inches, late 19th-century period frame, J. Harwood and Louise B. Cochrane Fund for American Art
• Lilian Westcott Hale (American, 1881-1963), Autumn Fruit and Flowers, ca. 1913, charcoal and graphite on paper, 28½ x 22½ inches, Newcomb-Macklin period frame, J. Harwood and Louise B. Cochrane Fund for American Art
• Susanna Gilliam Payne (American, 1813—unknown), Needlework Sampler, dated “July 9, 1829, Virginia,” wool on linen, 17 ½ x 22 inches, Gabe W. Burton Fund
• Dean Byington (American, born 1958), Two Harbors, 2012, oil on linen, 68½ x 80 inches, Pamela K. and William A. Royall Jr. Fund for 21st-Century Art
• Paul Iribe (French, 1883-1935), artist; Paul Poiret (French, 1879-1944), fashion designer, Les Robes de Paul Poiret, Paris: Société Générale d’Impression, 1908, 12¾ x 11¾ inches. The John and Maria Shugars Fund
• Georges Lepape (French, 1887-1971), artist; Paul Poiret (French, 1879-1944), fashion designer, Les Choses de Paul Poiret, 1911, 13¼ x 12 inches. The John and Maria Shugars Fund
VMFA continues to strategically develop its photography collection, most recently with the acquisition of 25 photographs by 12 different artists, including Fred Baker, Mikki Ferrill, Judith Fox, György Kepes, Gita Lenz, Phil Nesmith, Cindy Sherman, Beuford Smith, Deborah Turbeville, Shawn Walker, Minor White, and Willie Anne Wright. Of these works, 13 were gifts and 12 were purchases. The majority introduces new artists to the collection and greatly expands VMFA’s representation of women and African American photographers.
• Mikki Ferrill (American, b. 1937), Veterans’ Day Parade, Oakland, Calif., 1991, vintage gelatin silver print, 7 x 10 inches
Seven paintings and drawings by Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists
• Eugène Boudin (French, 1824–1898): Beach Scene at Deauville, 1865, oil on canvas, 16½ x 25½ inches; Fisherwomen, black chalk and watercolor, 5¼ x 8⅝ inches; Fisherwomen, black chalk and watercolor, 5¼ x 8⅝ inches
• Raoul Dufy (French, 1877–1953), Les Régates á Deauville, 1938, oil on canvas, 23⅞ x 28¾ inches
• Berthe Morisot (French, 1841–1895), The Harbor at Cherbourg, (Le Port de Lorient), 1871, pencil and watercolor, 6 ⅜ x 8 inches
• Albert Marquet (French, 1875–1947): Voilier (with sails lowered), black ink, 8 x 7⅛ inches; Voilier (with sails raised), black ink, 8 x 7¾ inches
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, Upperville, Virginia
• Alfred Stevens (Belgian, 1823–1906), Woman in a Studio, ca. 1862-65, oil on panel, 21 5/8 x 17 1/8 inches, Gift of Jane Joel Knox
• Siemon Allen (South African, born 1970), Zonophone, 2010, digital print with Epson Ultrachrome HDR ink on Hahneumuhle Museum Etching Fine Art Paper mounted on Sintra, 78 x 78 inches, Number 2 from an edition of 2, with 1 artist’s proof, Gift of Pamela K. and William A. Royall Jr.
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is a state agency and a model public/private partnership. All works of art are purchased with private funds from dedicated endowments. After the board of trustees accepts the acquisitions, the art becomes the property of the Commonwealth of Virginia to protect, preserve and interpret. The Acquisitions committee meets quarterly.