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Museum to exhibit a century of art

February 24, 2000

The Twentieth Century Art Exhibition will be on view Friday, Feb. 25, to Sunday, April 30, at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown.

There will be landscapes, figural and abstract works ranging from postimpressionism to photorealism.

Representing the prewar era of 1900 to 1917 will be a 1910 landscape painted by Baltimore artist Charles H. Walter. A recent gift of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Merson of Baltimore, the oil is a softly colored sunset view of a stream and rolling hills.

An oil on canvas by American artist Eugene Alonzo Poole titled "Old Mill," also will represent this era. The landscape, a recent gift by the Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust of New York City, was painted in 1905 and depicts an autumn day with brilliant fall foliage.

Also included will be a portrait titled "Michael" by Robert Henri, one of the artists known as "The Eight." Additional works include Edouard Steichen's oil titled "Yellow Moon, 1909" and a pastel of a woman by Thomas Dewing.

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Works that were completed during the war years of 1917 through 1945 will include a charcoal by Alexander Z. Kruse. "Summer Afternoon, 1931" a recent gift by the Kruse Family Trust in Pasadena, Calif., depicts Central Park in New York City.

The postimpressionistic oil by Helen Hamilton titled "Boats at Water's Edge, Maine," a gift from R.H. Love Galleries Inc. of Chicago, Ill., also will be on display.

Other works will include a print titled "Avenue of the Allies" by Childe Hassam, one of the artists known as "The Ten," "Norway's Golden Sun," painted in 1926 by William Henry Singer Jr., founder of Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, and "Head of Lincoln," a marble sculpture by Gutzon Borglum.

Representing the postwar years from 1945 through 1960 will be an oil on canvas by the contemporary Baltimore artist Ralph McGuire. A gift of the Mersons, "Family Scene, 1948" depicts a grouping of stylized figures in flat planes of color outlined in black. Also on view will be an oil by Carl William Peters, a recent donation by Mr. and Mrs. Roger E. Carlson of Madison, Wis.

"Fisherman's Habitat" is a painting within a painting with the foreground depicting the interior scene of a boat shop while the wide-open doorway draws the viewer's eye out to the distant sea.

The decades from the 1960s to the present will include contemporary works by artists such as Ian Hornak, Joseph Sheppard, Grace Hartigan, Trevor Southey and Robert Motherwell.

For information, call 301-739-5727 or use the telecommunications device for the deaf at 301-739-5764.

The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

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