Bessie Potter Vonnoh: Sculptor of Women
February 07 through May 10, 2009
Bessie Potter Vonnoh: Sculptor of Women is the first scholarly examination (and the first exhibition since 1930) dedicated to the work of one of the most widely respected American artists of the turn of the twentieth century. The exhibition features 35 sculptures that span Vonnoh’s most productive period, from about 1895 to 1930. It also includes portraits of the artist by her husband, the painter Robert Vonnoh, and several photographs which provide an intimate view into the life and work of this accomplished artist. A short video on the lost-wax method of casting bronze illuminates the complex process employed by the sculptor to capture the fluid modeling and delicate details that characterize her popular, naturalistic portrayals of women and children.
Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama.
Bessie Potter Vonnoh, Allegresse, Modeled 1920, Bronze, no. A11 cast by Roman Bronze Works, New York, probably 1930, Lent by Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Bequest of Bessie Potter Vonnoh Keyes, 55.71