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  • January 2017 Painting of the Month

    Winter Sunshine

    Winter Sunshine

    by George H. Gerhardt

    Acquired 1943

    Winter Sunshine is a well-planned composition that uses classical symmetry to create a sense of tranquility.  Two ruts through the snow lead the viewer from a shadowed foreground to the clear, lighted center of the painting.  On either side of the lane, groups of trees divide the work into the desired harmony of the classical tradition.  The artist selected his most vibrant color and placed it in the very center in the yellow house.  He balanced it with a smaller yellow building to the right and a red one to the left.  He created the deeper snowbanks by building a thickness of paint, while simply staining the canvas for the misty background.

    December 2016 Painting of the Month

    Pittsburgh Snow Scene

    Pittsburgh Snow Scene

    by Peggy Phillips

    Acquired 1938

    Pittsburgh Snow Scene won the Carnegie Institute Prize at the Associated Artists Show in 1938.  The work, in the WPA styple, presents a frosty, windy street corner.  Snow swirls and settles on roofs,walls and road while two little birds huddle on the branch in the central foreground.  Two small children, looking like birds themselves, brave the weather.  Touches of bright green, red and gold brighten the black and white winter scene.  Peggy Phillips told a student reporter that she wanted to enter a new painting in the 1938 show so she did this one very quickly.  In fact, she painted the birds on the telephone wires the morning she took the painting to be juried. 

     

    November 2016 Painting of the Month
    November Morning
    November Morning

    by Roy Hilton

    Acquired 1945

    November Morning is a view from the artist's home in the Mt. Lebanon section of Pittsburgh. Roy Hilton was interested in the pattern and play of light that caused inanimate objects to stand out as separate elements.  He has successfully captured that light in this composition.  The sun rises in a golden glimmer through the frosty haze of a late fall morning, creating a luminosity that breaks away into the golds of the landscape and the blues and greens of the sky.  The tree branches stand out against the sky, each twig separate.  People live in this scene; the old milk truck and car assure us of that.  However, people are not important here as design and harmony create the suspended stillness of the breaking day.


    October 2016 Painting of the Month 

    From Land and Sea

    From Land And Sea

    by Wilfred A. Readio

    Acquired 1942

    From Land And Sea is done with a superrealistic approach, although that style did not become a popular part of the art world until 40 years later.  In this still life, the artist has taken four simple objects and painted them larger than life.  In doing this, he seems to be saying that something here is important and he wants the viewer to discover what it is.  A dried ear of corn and three seashells comprise the soft composition of light and shadows.  Graceful curves abound in the shapes of the shells and curls of corn husks.  The artist has created so real a quality of dryness in the painting that the husks seem almost to crackle.

     

    September 2016 Painting of the Month

    Young Athletes

    Young Athletes

    by Raymond S. Simboli

    Acquired 1940

    One of the all-time favorite paintings in the collection, Young Athletes, is a realistic portrayal of two football players and a friend engrossed in an unseen game.  Dirt and grass stains on their uniforms indicate that the two teammates have already been on the field.  The colors in the picture are rich and warm with touches of white in the background to provide distance and light behind the boys.  The central figure is the artist's older son who was killed during World War II when his plane was shot down over Italy.

    July 2016 Painting of the Month

    A Day at the Beach

    A Day at the Beach

    by Robert Anthony Jones

    Acquired 2006

     

    June 2016 Painting of the Month

    Claustrophobia Sky

    Claustrophobia Sky

    by Clayton F. Merrell

    Acquired 1998

     

    May 2016 Painting of the Month

    Garden Patch

    Garden Patch

    by Esther Topp Edmonds

    Acquired 1949

     

     April 2016 Painting of the Month

    Rainy Night

    Rainy Night

    by Raymond S. Simboli

    Acquired 1956

     

    March 2016 Painting of the Month

    Drying Off

    Drying Off

    by (Saraf) Sara Feldman

    Acquired 1963

     

    February 2016 Painting of the Month


    Reflections

    Reflections

    by Kathleen Hicks

    Acquired 2005

     

    January 2016 Painting of the Month

    Ice Trees

    Ice Trees

    by Helen Lindsay Lee

    Acquired 1966

    December 2015 Painting of the Month

    Christmas Lights

    Christmas Lights

    by William DeBarnardi

    Acquired 1992

    November 2015 Painting of the Month

    High and Mighty

    High and Mighty

    by Aaronel DeRoy Gruber

    Acquired 1960

     

     

  • October 2015 Painting of the Month

    The Lake

    The Lake

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    by Susan Tucker
    Acquired 1968

  • September 2015 Painting of the Month

    Pipefitters

    Pipefitters 
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    by James Guentner
    Acquired 2000

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