A Loan Exhibition of the Works of Thomas Eakins, 1844-1944: Commemorating the Centennial of His Birth. Through June and July 1944

A Loan Exhibition of the Works of Thomas Eakins, 1844-1944: Commemorating the Centennial of His Birth. Through June and July 1944

A Loan Exhibition of the Works of Thomas Eakins, 1844-1944: Commemorating the Centennial of His Birth. Through June and July 1944

A Loan Exhibition of the Works of Thomas Eakins, 1844-1944: Commemorating the Centennial of His Birth. Through June and July 1944

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The one hundredth anniversary of the birth of America's great painter of realism, Thomas Eakins, will be commemorated on July 25th, 1944. Two years hence M. Knoedler & Company will celebrate its Centennial, marking one hundred years since Michael Knoedler founded the New York branch for the famous Paris art house of Goupil. The story of Knoedler during these nearly one hundred years is the story of America's great painting collections.

Our reputation in the field of Old Masters has overshadowed to a degree what we have done in the field of American Art. Mr. Michael Knoedler knew intimately many of the painters of the Hudson River School, encouraged them, and exhibited their works. He published a large portion of the pictures engraved for the American Art Union, and among the most celebrated were those by George Caleb Bingham, William Sidney Mount, etc., etc. His oldest son, Roland F. Knoedler, furthered this policy of promoting our native artists, and it continues to be carried on by Charles Roland Henschel, his nephew, the present head of the firm.

Over the past century the greatest painters of America, from Feke and Copley, Stuart and Sully, down to Sargent and Duveneck, and Homer, have been presented by us to the American public in a series of memorable exhibitions, and in this same tradition it is our privilege to pay this tribute to Thomas Eakins.

W. F. DAVIDSON

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