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Huntington Museum of Art presents Selected Paintings from The Daywood Collection

Huntington Museum of Art presents Selected Paintings from The Daywood Collection in an exhibition on view through February 17, 2013.

While many of the American impressionist works from The Daywood Collection are on view in Gallery Three in American Impressionism: Paintings from the Collection (on view through April 7, 2013), the Bridge Gallery will feature an additional selection of American and French paintings from The Daywood Collection, mostly landscapes, seascapes and portraits, the favored subjects of West Virginia natives Arthur Spencer (1887-1948) and Ruth Woods Dayton (1894-1978).

Portraits include Robert Henri’s exuberantly painted work titled Kathleen, which captures a young Irish girl, from Achill Island; Charles Webster Hawthorne’s masterpiece titled The Widow, a somber, depiction of a grief-stricken woman clutching her infant; and Howard Somerville’s striking Joyce, a study in contrasts — juxtaposing a fair-skinned beauty against a study in black.

Landscapes include Les Bords de L’Eure, a prismatic-palette, impressionist painting by French artist Gustave Loiseau depicting a walk along a river in the Loire Valley, and Norwegian-born American artist Jonas Lie’s colorful and poetic view of Blue Heron Lake. John Sloan’s Gully at Low Tide shows a change from the artist’s usual gritty scenes of city life. Instead Sloan employs vigorous, textural brushstrokes influenced by his awareness of post-impressionist styles he saw at the 1913 Armory Show the year before this painting was executed.

This exhibit is sponsored by the Isabelle Gwynn and Robert Daine Exhibition Endowment; the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. –