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Patrick Henry Bruce (American, Long Island, Virginia 1881–1936 New York, New York)

Date:
ca. 1920–21
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
H. 35, W. 45-3/4 inches (88.9 x 116.2 cm.)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
George A. Hearn Fund, 1961
Accession Number:
61.67
  • Description

    Painted in France, where the artist lived from 1904 to 1936, the composition recalls Bruce's early enthusiasms: Cézanne's still lifes, Matisse's colors, and the Delaunays' Orphism.
    The strict geometry and compulsive over-painting of sections, however, are characteristic of his mature work. This painting is one of four, executed between 1920 and 1922, that display almost the same arrangement with different color schemes. In all of them, Bruce depicts cut fruit, a glass and straw, blocklike shapes, and an architectural column.

  • Exhibition History

    American Federation of Arts traveling exhibition, "Pioneers of American Abstract Art" Inclusive dates, December 1955 - January 1957. Atlanta, Georgia: Atlanta Public Library. Shreveport, Louisiana: Louisiana State Exhibit Museum. Louisville, Kentucky: J.B. Speed Art Museum. Williamstown: Lawrence Museum. Chattanooga, Tennessee: George Thomas Hunter Gallery. New York: Rose Fried Gallery.

    Washington, D.C.: National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution, 1965. "Roots of Abstract Art in America: 1910 - 1930". Unpaged. no. 12 (as Still Life, ca. 1928)

    Houston: The Museum of Fine Arts, May 31-July 29, 1979; New York: The Museum of Modern Art, August 22-October 21, 1979; Richmond: Virginia Museum, November 26, 1979-January 6, 1980. ¦Patrick Henry Bruce American Modernist¦, by William C. Agee and Barbara Rose. Cover illustration.

    NY: Washburn Gallery, May 23 - June 30, 1989. "Patrick Henry Bruce: An American in Paris." cover illustration (in color).

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