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Grand Central Art exhibit a collection of works with varying interest for all

ECA Record Control Number: 23258

Record Level: Reference

Record Type: Newspaper

Article Type: [Name mention, Work mention, Artist/work reviewed, Artist as lead subject, Artist obituary, Ad mentions]

Key Title: Grand Central Art exhibit a collection of works with varying interest for all

Sub Title: -none-

Language: English

Author: staff

Publisher: Quad-City Times
Publish Location: Davenport, IA

Date of Publication: Monday, November 11, 1929

Page: 14, not illustrated.

Source: Newspapers.com paid subscription

Description: 1 newspaper clipping

Subjects: Carlsen, Emil, 1848-1932.

Number of copies: 1

Digitized: yes


Quad-City Times, Davenport, IA, “Grand Central Art exhibit a collection of works with varying interest for all”, Monday, November 11, 1929, page 14, not illustrated.



Grand Central Art exhibit a collection of works with varying interest for all

Remarkable in content and excellence, the Grand Central Art Exhibit now on view at the Davenport Municipal Art Gallery represents a collection of the works of outstanding American artists with interests as varied as our interest. With so great a capacity for expression the artists have been able to give the general public an enduring vision of the beauty which they see, by the mere material aids of canvas and brush. For each art devotee there are works to appeal to varying interests. Miss Ella E Preston, art supervisor in the Davenport Public schools, submits the following comment on a few outstanding paintings included in the exhibit:

“The lovers of landscape will be delighted by the brilliant color and vibrant atmosphere in the works of Wilson Irvine, George Elmer Browne, and Cimiotti; be the expression of nature in her decorative treatment of landscape in the works of Carl Quermer, in Halter Ufer’s paintings of Indians in the Taos country, the picturesque figures move thru a landscape of brilliant coloring, sparkling sunlight and clear revealing atmosphere which none could fail to enjoy.

Marine Subjects.
“There are a number of marines by Frederick Waugh, examples of very brilliant painting. An unusually interesting composition called Rustic Life by Eugene Higgins, strong in its simplicity, bold in its pattern, proves that the credo of the post-impressionists is not forgotten.

“There are fewer portraits, in the exhibit, than one might perhaps expect, but they are done in such varied manners that all lovers of portrait will find food for thought and material for delight. Here are the works of such masters as Fechin, Frieseks, Olinsky, Nora, and Nordell. The decorative portraits of Maurice Fromke and Emma Fordyce MacRae will appeal especially to all lovers of desgin.

“One of the finest paintings in the exhibit, decorative in its treatment, poetic in its subject, with an import which intrigues and demands prolonged interest, is “Almighty Spring” by Eugene Savage of whom Iowans should be especially proud since he was at one time an Iowan.

A Master of Texture.
“Three canvasses by Emil Carlsen reveal the temper of that master painter whose devotion to beauty is significant. Two of these paintings are of still life, one of the sea. In both of the still life paintings he has combined brass and pottery in an exquisite harmony of pale gold and dull blue, reminiscent of the harmony dear to the heart of Vermeer so long ago. Emil Carlsen’s reserve is marvelous, he is a master of texture, and so sensitively portrays the gradations of light that each painting is filled with a vibrant envelope of atmosphere. To so capture the beauty of the humble object is the privilege of only the very great.

“Two still life paintings by Miss Anna Fisher show the poetic temper and exquisite technique of a woman painter of great power, and the numerous decorative flower paintings of other artists prove that this is an age when design and color can hold their own with realism.

“It is not possible to mention more than a fraction of the delight in store for the people of Davenport. But, if the little that is mentioned stimulates them to go and see, the entire exhibit will speak to them in an unforgettable language.”