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Flora: In Reverence of Nature

May 9 – June 30, 2001


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Flora: In Reverence of Nature features drawings and paintings by twelve important American modernists who were often inspired by nature - Charles Burchfield, Clarence Carter, Konrad Cramer, Morris Graves, Marsden Hartley, Blanche Lazzell, Doris Lee, Alfred H. Maurer, Alfonso Ossorio, Charles Seliger, Joseph Stella and Pavel Tchelitchew.

While all the artists included in this exhibition are fascinated with the natural beauty, complexity and forms of flora, each represents images of flora in a personal and provocative manner, resulting in an array of strong and diverse images. Among the paintings and drawings included are crisp, precisionist

renderings of flowers by Clarence Carter and Joseph Stella; cubist floral still-lifes by Konrad Cramer, Blanche Lazzell, and Alfred H. Maurer; visionary Surrealist-inspired watercolors by Charles Burchfield, Morris Graves, Alfonso Ossorio, Charles Seliger and Pavel Tchelitchew, who is also represented by a Leaf-Children watercolor executed in preparation for his masterpiece Hide and Seek (now in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York). The exhibition also includes a strong, stoic Marsden Hartley painting of a lonely white hibiscus in a vase and a rare Doris Lee painting of multi-colored wild flowers in a basket.