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

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Eva Stone, Poor’s only sister, was a favorite subject who, together with her son, Charles, figured prominently in a number of the artist’s early paintings. She married Herbert Stone just after World War I.

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Eva Stone, Poor’s only sister, was a favorite subject who, together with her son, Charles, figured prominently in a number of the artist’s early paintings. She married Herbert Stone just after World War I.

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This print, a portrait of the artist’s uncle, was likely made while Poor was teaching art as an assistant professor at Stanford University.

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Invited to participate in the 1948 exhibition at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, titled Painting in the United States, Poor submitted this oil study for the large section on the east wall representing mining and metallurgy. The tilted cross of…

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In this study for the left segment of the west wall, probably one of the very last before the painting began, Poor worked out the many of the details for the final composition. He was particularly interested in getting the horses right. “Before…

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These drawings accompanied a detailed written presentation of Poor’s ideas for the east and west walls that the artist forwarded to Penn State in November 1947. “Please express what you feel,” he wrote in the presentation, inviting frank…

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These drawings accompanied a detailed written presentation of Poor’s ideas for the east and west walls that the artist forwarded to Penn State in November 1947. “Please express what you feel,” he wrote in the presentation, inviting frank…

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The contract engaging Henry Varnum Poor to paint the east and west walls of the mezzanine floor in Old Main’s lobby was drawn up in May 1947. As with the north wall, a significant amount of time was necessary for preparatory work—in this…

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Not all of the studies made by Poor in the months that led up to his painting of the north wall were translated directly into the fresco. This drawing, quite possibly a view of a farm in Lancaster County, nonetheless captures the spirit, if not the…
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