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Five “Greats” Chosen By Our Staff

Short on time while visiting the Museum? Make sure to check out these works, voted on by our staff, for a glimpse at the variety of the Museum’s collection.

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1: New York Office

Located in the Blount Collection, New York Office was painted when Edward Hopper was eighty years old, and very near the end of his life. But the subject of the painting had occupied the artist since virtually the beginning of his career, combining three important themes he revisited regularly in his art: urban environment, the business office, and a solitary figure viewed through a window from the outside.

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Edward Hopper (American, 1882–1967), New York Office, 1962, oil on canvas, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, The Blount Collection, 1989.2.24

2: Mrs. Louis Raphael

This portrait, located in the Blount Collection, depicts the wife of one of the directors of a prominent London Bank, R. Raphael and Sons. The setting is John Singer Sargent’s London studio at 31 Tite Street, which is documented in contemporary photographs. Specific accessories such as the sculpture on the mantelpiece as well as those visible in the mirror are known to have been in Sargent’s studio when the portrait was made in about 1906.

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John Singer Sargent (1856–1925), Mrs. Louis E. Raphael (Henriette Goldschmidt), ca. 1906, oil on canvas, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, The Blount Collection, 1989.2.36

3: Ojigi Bowing

From afar, Ojigi-Bowing by Karen LaMonte seems to glow from within.  Without a head or hands, it looks almost ghostly. On closer inspection, the piece reveals the glow to be the overhead light refracting through the hollow interior out through the slightly frosted, but still translucent glass. This work is located in the Young Gallery.

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Karen LaMonte (American, born 1967), Ojigi Bowing, 2010, cast glass, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts in loving memory of Janis and Jimmie Sabel from their children, John Sabel, Keith Sabel, and Katherine Sabel Gayden; and the Sabel Acquisition Fund, 2012.2

4: Mutter und Tochter

The artist Gary Chapman defines the “attractiveness” of the mother in Mutter und Tochter as based upon his personal experience of powerful, confident women. It is his belief that mothers need to be strong role models for their daughters as women continue to strive for full social equality. This mother embodies the idea of physical strength, as it is portrayed in her defined musculature, and her confident pose. This work is located in the Young Gallery.

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Gary Chapman (American, born 1961), Mutter und Tochter, 1993, oil on linen, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Association Purchase and Gift of Ellie and Fred Ernst and Babette L. and Charles H. Wampold and Museum Docents, 1997.4

5: Negro Baptising

Located in the Young Gallery, Negro Baptising is one of the first paintings acquired by the museum, donated by Kelly Fitzpatrick, who was a member of the first board of directors and a teacher in the affiliated art school. Like many of his works, it depicts an activity he witnessed in the local rural black community, in this case, a traditional river baptism.

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John Kelly Fitzpatrick (American, 1888–1953), Negro Baptising, 1927, oil on canvas, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of the artist, 1930.23.1

One Response to “Five “Greats” Chosen By Our Staff”

  1. Cam Guarino says:

    The MMFA is treasure!

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