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  • Collection: Henry Varnum Poor: Studies for the Land Grant Frescoes

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Dated “approximately 1950” by the artist’s daughter, Anne Poor, this superb pastel is stylistically consistent with Poor’s work at that time. Between late November 1949 and December 1950, however, Poor was in Italy, and it’s not likely that…

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This drawing bears a resemblance to Francis E. Hyslop, one of the Penn State faculty members responsible for engaging Henry Varnum Poor to paint the Land Grant Frescoes. As the signature indicates, the drawing was dedicated to Professor Hyslop in May…

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Mildred Cummings was the wife of Willard (Bill) Cummings, a New England portrait painter, who, together with Henry Varnum Poor and several other artists, founded the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1946. Two years later, Cummings…

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While working on the first phase of the Land Grant Frescoes, Poor received the commission to paint the official portrait of Ralph D. Hetzel, president of Penn State during the period in which the murals where created. This drawing is a preparatory…

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In 1935, Poor received a commission to decorate the areas surrounding four doors in the Attorney General’s suite in the Department of Justice building. He began the project in March 1936 and completed it within five months. This painting is a…

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In 1920, Poor purchased a parcel of land on South Mountain Road in Rockland County, just north of New York City. He built a home on the property—Crow House, it was called—and the artist and his family became among the first to join a quietly…

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In the fall of 1929, after nearly a decade of success as a ceramist, Poor traveled to France to rededicate himself to painting. He and his family first settled for about six months in the Mediterranean coastal town of La Ciotat, and then spent the…

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Poor wrangled an early discharge from the Army in March 1919, and spent the spring visiting Paris and touring the Normandy countryside. This and the adjacent drawing depict the small village of Beaumont, located not far from Cherbourg on the Cap del…

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Poor wrangled an early discharge from the Army in March 1919, and spent the spring visiting Paris and touring the Normandy countryside. This and the adjacent drawing depict the small village of Beaumont, located not far from Cherbourg on the Cap del…

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When the United States entered World War I, Henry Varnum Poor was drafted and sent to France in August 1918. Although offered an officer’s commission, he elected to serve as a private, figuring it would give him more time to draw. This watercolor,…
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