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Bulletin of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN, “The Martin B. Koon Memorial Collection”, volumes 3-9, page 16, 1914, not illustrated

January 1, 1914

ECA Record Control Number: 18680

Record Level: Reference

Record Type: Newspaper

Article Type: Work Mention

Key Title: The Martin B. Koon Memorial Collection

Sub Title: -none-

Language: English

Author: staff

Publisher: Bulletin of the Minneapolis Institute of Art
Publish Location: Minneapolis, MN

Date of Publication: 1905

Page: 16

Source: Hathi Trust

Description: 1 digital page

Carlsen, Emil, 1848-1932.

Number of copies: 1

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Bulletin of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN, "The Martin B. Koon Memorial Collection", page 16, 1905, not illustrated.

Bulletin of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN, “The Martin B. Koon Memorial Collection”, volumes 3-9, page 16, 1914, not illustrated



One of the galleries which claimed the most interest during the Inaugural Exhibition was the Martin B. Koon Memorial Room in which were hung the contemporary American pictures given to the society by Mrs. Charles Cranston Bovey and Mrs. Charles D. Velie, in memory of their father, the late Martin B. Koon. The pictures, with few exceptions, have been described from time to time in the last volume of the Bulletin. The Society is very grateful to the donors for providing at the very start so delightful a representation of contemporary American art. The following letter, in which the gift was proffered to the Society, is printed in full because it is notable as an example of unusual comprehension of museum problems and of a most disinterested public spirit. Many museums have been hampered and their possibilities neutralized by unfortunate restrictions placed upon gifts. The Institute is fortunate in beginning its career with so splendid a precedent in the other direction.

To the Board of Trustees of The Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts.

Will you kindly accept the following pictures as a memorial to Martin B. Koon from us, his daughters:

The White Bridge, by John H. Twachtman.
The Isle of Shoals, by Childe Hassam.
The Yellow Flower, by Robert Reid.
Early Summer, by Charles H. Davis.
River in Winter, by William Redfield.
The Open Sea, by Emil Carlsen.
Marriage, by Gari Melchers.
The Milky Way, by Albert L. Groll.
River in Winter, by Gardner Symons.
Spring in the Valley, and Night’s Overture, by Arthur B. Davies.
Homeward, by Charles Melville Dewey.
Garden in June, by Carl Frieseke.

The collection which you have kindly permitted to be hung in one of the galleries of the new Institute, while composed of representative examples of contemporary American painters, may not prove to be of as high an order as we should eventually wish to make it; so we shall be pleased to have you accept the collection as it now stands, with the understanding that, with your approval, changes for its betterment may be made later on.

We are in sympathy with the idea that it may not be for the interest of the Institute to keep the pictures permanently in one room as a separate collection, and therefore do not impose such a condition, but we hope that this will be done as far as it is compatible with the purpose and right development of the Institute.

We would ask that each picture be labeled “The Martin B. Koon Memorial Collection.” Trusting that your pleasure in accepting our gift may be as great as ours has been in collecting and presenting it, we are

Very truly yours,
Kate Koon Bovey.
Louise Koon Velie.
Minneapolis, December 23, 1914.”



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