THE MINT MUSEUM
ROBERT HENRI (1865–1929)
My Friend Brien, 1913, oil on canvas, 41” x 33” c. 1920 American Arts and Crafts frame, gilded hand-carved wood. Molding width: 3”
THOMAS COLE (1801–1848)
American Lake Scene, oil on canvas, 1846, 18" x 24"; c. 1820-40 Cole-style American painting frame; gilded applied composition ornament and applied netting over wood. Molding width: 4-1/8” Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William S. Lowndes, 1976.25
"Thomas Cole was a pioneer of American landscape painting. Seeking to raise the status of his genre, he argued that a landscape could be the entire subject of a work of art, not merely backdrop for a story: a view that can be linked to Americas growing concern with the spiritual and therapeutic pleasures of the natural world. Combining a scenic (probably invented) view with a lone Native American figure, this painting is one of a number of works that Cole created towards the end of his life that addressed the issue of the passage of time. The figure can be interpreted not as savagenoble or otherwise, a stereotype that was dominant in then-current representations of Native Americans but rather as contemplative, pausing to consider the passage of time, symbolized here by the setting sun."
MAX KUEHNE (1880–1968)
East River Harbor, 1913, oil on canvas, 20" x 24-1/8" First-half 20th century American artist-made painting frame; Max Kuehne, maker. Cassetta profile with incised decoration, patinated white gold with matte gilded panel. Molding width: 4-1/2"
WILLIAM MERRITT CHASE (1849–1916)
Beach at Shinnecock, c. 1891, oil on board, 5-7/8" x 8". c. 1900 American painting frame; gilded oak. Molding width: 3-1/4”