November 27, 2012 § 4 Comments
I just learned that Mary E. Hutchinson’s portrait of “Hilda” (ca. 1934) recently sold at Swann Auction Galleries! For more details about the painting and its exhibition history, see my digital archiving “work in progress” site – Artworks of Mary E. Hutchinson – at http://meh.omeka.net.
Needless to say, I would love to hear from the lucky collector who managed to scoop it up!
November 18, 2012 § 2 Comments
This letter from Mary E. Hutchinson to a Mrs. Jones (I have no idea who she is) popped up on eBay this week from a collectibles dealer specializing in autographs.
Here’s the transcription:
Dear Mrs. Jones –
Back in the crowded city, I often think of the luncheon in your beautiful home “in the woods.” If you ever get to New York, please come and see some of my paintings at my studio. And please mention to any of the art group that may come to New York, that I have a “Welcome” on my door. The address is
349 East 51 St.
(near 1st Ave. No phone. Just drop me a line.)
Mary E. Hutchinson
[notation in different hand below signature]
American artist Mary Elizabeth Hutchinson
November 3, 2012 § Leave a comment
Mary E. Hutchinson’s portrait of “Joanna” [purple shirt] (circa 1931-1935) is featured on the cover of the Summer 2012 issue of the journal Feminist Studies in conjunction with my essay, “Mary E. Hutchinson, Intelligibility, and the Historical Limits of Agency.” This is one of several portraits of Joanna Lanza, who lived with Hutchinson as her intimate partner from 1931 into 1935, and the one portrait that Hutchinson kept for herself.
The painting is also currently featured on The Artworks of Mary E. Hutchinson, my digital catalogue “work in progress” site.
I can tell that Feminist Studies has begun to appear in subscribers’ mailboxes across the globe from a spike in search traffic associated with my digital catalogue! Since Hutchinson has been a lost artist for the past half century – only a very few of us have been out there Googling her up to now. Fortunately for me, some of the others have been owners of paintings seeking information about the artist who have contacted me through this blog! I’m thrilled that scholars and other folks will now have the chance to learn about her life and work!