Gutmann exhibit opens at museum

November 30, 1998

Gutmann exhibitphoto: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer

Several works of the late American impressionist, Bernhard Gutmann, are being shown at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts through Feb. 21 in the Groh Gallery.

The exhibition, "Bernhard Gutmann: Face to Face" provides examples of his use of oils, watercolors, pastels and graphic arts.

The artwork displayed at the museum features images of figures, landscapes, still lifes and cityscapes.

Many of the works are of the places Gutmann lived and visited, and the people in them. Among his subjects are New York City, particularly Manhattan; Silvermine, Conn.; Lynchburg, Va.; Monhegan, Maine; Florida; France; Spain; and Egypt.

A native of Germany, Gutmann studied in Hamburg. He moved to New York in 1892.

Portraits of Gutmann's family members also make up a large portion of the Washington County museum's exhibit.

His wife, Bertha, and daughters, Elizabeth and Dorthea, are shown in domestic activities and introspective scenes.


Several self-portraits done at various times in his career are included in the exhibit.

Gutmann's work, "Dance of the Graves," was commissioned by the U.S. government as part of the Depression-era Public Works of Art Program instituted by President Theodore Roosevelt.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.

For more information call 301-739-5727 or visit the museum's web site at

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