Wanderer Featured on Mary E. Hutchinson site

October 14, 2012 § 2 Comments

This painting with an unknown title that I informally call “Wanderer” (ca. 1931) is currently featured on Artworks of Mary E. Hutchinson, my digital catalogue “work in progress” at http://meh.omeka.net.title unknown [Wanderer]  It is one of a series of boat paintings she produced as landscapes in response to advice from New York galleries to make her work more commercially viable.  The Opportunity Gallery, which was associated with high profile artists including Walter Pach, John Sloan, Georgia O’Keeffe, Rockwell Kent, Robert Henri, and Charles Demuth who acted as exhibition “Czar”, specifically advised Hutchinson to paint landscapes to break into the speculative New York art market.  The strategy worked, and though she never exhibited at the Opportunity Gallery, she did begin to sell work and draw media attention at exhibitions such as the Washington Square sidewalk show.

Here’s an excerpt from a letter to her mother, Minnie Belle Hutchinson, describing her hikes to sketch and paint boats:

Circa November 24, 1931 – “I was over the river all day, painting.  I made my paint box as light as possible.  The children of the neighborhood just swarmed around me like bees…. I always enjoy the ferry ride over and back…. Two more days out, and more painting at home, and I hope to finish this one.  I have a smaller sketch ready for another painting.  It is of a single boat with barges on the side.”


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§ 2 Responses to Wanderer Featured on Mary E. Hutchinson site

  • Beth Ayers says:

    Fascinating. Thanks for including the letter excerpt. This adds an extra dimension to the artwork.

  • Karan Christopher says:

    I was watching Antiques roadshow tonight “Junk in the Trunk 5 Part 2” aired 11/16/2015. There was a woman on there that had a Mary Elizabeth Hutchison painting a portrait of “Lola”. Lola was the woman’s husbands aunt.
    She talks about her and her relationship with Mary. Thought you might find it interesting.

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