The Gift of Art

February 26, 2017 at 5:49 am (Art)

foa-exhibit-catalog_002_1024x1024  In 1916 John L. Porter, a Pittsburgh businessman, established a fund whose purpose was to purchase works of art to be given as a gift to the public schools of his city. This philanthropic initiative was to be called The 100 Friends of Pittsburgh Art. In 1922 Porter wrote:

‘Can art appreciation be taught at any better period in life than when the youthful eyes and mind are in their most impressionable and temperamental years? Can squalor exist in the surroundings of the children brought into daily contact with beauty?’

In celebration of the hundredth anniversary of Mr Porter’s farsighted and generous conception, Pittsburgh’s Senator John Heinz Center  mounted an exhibit of some eighty works of art. In addition, they assembled a catalog, whose cover you see above.

Here are some of the featured paintings:

American Slovak Church by Dorothy Lauer Davids

American Slovak Church by Dorothy Lauer Davids

 

Assurbhannipul's Ark by Edward M Kosewics

Assurbhannipul’s Ark by Edward M Kosewics

 

Louine by Malcolm Stephen Parcell

Louine by Malcolm Stephen Parcell

 

Boy on a Bike by Charles "Bud" Gibbons

Boy on a Bike by Charles “Bud” Gibbons

 

After the Chores by Dorothy Lauer Davids

After the Chores by Dorothy Lauer Davids

 

Gibsonia woodland by Will J Hyett

Gibsonia woodland by Will J Hyett

 

The Princess and the Unicorn by Lee F McQuaide

The Princess and the Unicorn by Lee F McQuaide

 

Circe by Norwood Hodge MacGilvary

Circe by Norwood Hodge MacGilvary

 

Chinese Vase by Sister Mary Clare Besterman

Chinese Vase by Sister Mary Clare Besterman

 

The Immigrants by Gregory Kavalec

The Immigrants by Gregory Kavalec

 

1948, Pittsburgh Phenomena by John D Clarkson

Pittsburgh Phenomena by John D Clarkson

 

Our Little Flowers by Salvatore Madia

Our Little Flowers by Salvatore Madia

 

I was made aware of this exceptional exhibit by the American Art Review, a wonderful magazine for art lovers.

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1 Comment

  1. Joanne said,

    -Thank you, Roberta, what a wonderful gift for the schools.

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