Hawthorne Fine Art announces the opening of Electrical in Movement: American Women Artists at Work (1825-2015)

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  • November 18, 2015

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PAULINE PALMER (1867-1938) Girl with Red Parasol. Oil on panel, 24 x 20 inches. Signed lower left

Hawthorne Fine Art is pleased to announce the opening of its upcoming exhibition, Electrical in Movement: American Women Artists at Work (1825-2015), November 19, 2015—January 29, 2016. Featuring a diverse group of women artists who were active throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the exhibition seeks to examine the unexpected skill and dexterity which these women contributed to the profile of American painting. The paintings on view span nearly a century, bridging a broad range of styles and subject matter: from familiar and fittingly feminine landscapes, fashion subjects and still-lifes—to unexpected scenes of cityscapes and city life rendered in modernist tones and technique, as well as genre scenes with typically masculine imagery, such as hunt and game subjects.

SARAH COLE (1805-1857) Ancient Column Near Syracuse, c. 1848. Oil on canvas, 11 7/8 x 11 7/8 inches. Inscribed verso, “A Column Standing near Syracuse, Sicily copied from a picture by T. Cole by S. Cole”

Visitors will be familiar with the traditional, academic modes of nineteenth century American art, such as a Hudson River School landscape by Sarah Cole (1805-1857) which resonates fittingly within the American tradition. Juxtaposed with such traditional subject matter, however, are the themes and styles that emerged in the twentieth century: the work of Pauline Palmer (1867-1938) illustrates the strong influence of impressionism on American painters, which the artist cultivated throughout her career; a 1931 impressionist cityscape by Alice Hirsch (1888‒1935) immortalizes the one year that New York City's Chrysler Building held the record for height; a Fauvist still life by Marguerite Zorach (1887-1968) challenges traditional notions of floral composition; and a southern plantation scene by Alice Worthington Ball (1869-1929)—executed entirely with a palette knife and exhibited at the Casson Galleries 1923—subverts traditional technique entirely.

When viewed together, these vastly distinct artworks underscore the breadth, depth, and complexity of the American woman-as-artist at the turn of the twentieth century, speaking to their deep passion for art and tremendous range of skill. Speaking of the exhibition, Managing Partner Jennifer Krieger says:

"After my involvement with the exhibition, Remember the Ladies: Women of the Hudson River School, which took place at the Thomas Cole National Historic site in 2010, it is exciting to again single out the remarkable talents of American women artists. What I have enjoyed most in composing this show is experiencing the diversity of their aesthetic contributions, over a span of centuries, encompassing major movements and a wide range of subject matter, all handled with great success."

ALICE HIRSCH (1888-1935) Chrysler Building, 1931. Oil on canvas board, 16 x 12 inches. Signed titled and dated 1931, lower right

Electrical in Movement will be on view from November 19, 2015 through January 29, 2016, by appointment only. For more information or to arrange a viewing, please contact the gallery at info@hawthornefineart.com, or by phone at 212.731.0550

A 44-page, full color printed catalogue will accompany the exhibition and is available upon request or viewable on our website.

Hawthorne Fine Art is a fine art gallery based in New York City that specializes in nineteenth and early twentieth century American painting, with an emphasis on art historical research. To learn more about the gallery, view the current inventory, or make an appointment, please visit our website at www.hawthornefineart.com

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