• November 2017 Painting of the Month

    City of Night

    City of Night

    by Jerome Bell

    Acquired 1953

    The artist used a surrealistic approach in his presentation of a night view of a city.  At first, the painting looks like a brightly lighted amusement park; then, at closer study, the viewer begins to see outlines of buildings, white ribbons of roads and a dark river.  Near the center of the work is a small onion-shaped dome that may be the Pittsburgh church familiar to motorists who travel the Parkway.  Bell used a staining technique to apply his paint in very thin layers, resulting in a smooth finish devoid of any texture.

    October 2017 Painting of the Month

    Charge

    Charge!!

    by Virgil D. Cantini

    Acquired 1947

    Power and movement are the dominant characteristics of this portrayal of a football play.  In the style of German Expressionism, the artist outlined the figures wih a heavy black line as if this were a coloring book.  A dark background contributes to the illusion of the figures thrusting forward out of the painting.  Conflicting forces collide in the center as a blocker clears the way for his teammate with the football.  The players' faces, in the days before protective masks, show the intensity of the game.  The number on the jersey of the ball carrier even looks like the word "GO".

    September 2017 Painting of the Month

    Recess

    Recess

    by Mary Martha Himler

    Acquired 1942

    Recess, the fourth Himler in the collection, is the only one of the works to include people.  This painting is full of life as it depicts a scene Miss Himler recalled from her first teaching job.  A one-room schoolhouse and its two necessary outbuildings provide the background for a busy group of children, their pets and their teacher.  The trees and fence curve toward the figures.  Only one child stands alone; the girl in the doorway of the school gazes pensively at the activity in the schoolyard.

    August 2017 Painting of the Month

    Greywing Manor

    Greywing Manor

    by James R. Beatty

    Acquired 1951

    Greywing Manor, owned by the Steele family at the time of this work, still stands in New Alexandria.  The artist was interested in the unusual composition of an old apple tree in front of an English-style country home.  The house and sky are a pale flat backdrop to the dramatic portrayal of the tree whose arching branches stretch from one side of the work to the other.  One limb thrusts forward, giving the illusion of invading the world beyond the painting.  The impasto work on the bark is unique; it is so thick that pieces of bark seem to lift from the canvas.

    July 2017 Painting of the Month

    Maine Fishing Village

    Maine Fishing Village
    by Marjorie Laird
    Acquired 2003

    An art seminar in Maine led the artist to discover this little fishing village while sightseeing.  The impressionist seascape achieves a sense of stillness and harmony with its play of soft tones in light and shadow.  Weather-beaten houses of various pastel colors and fishing shacks scale the hillside leading down to the rocky shore.  Exposed pilings of the dock indicate that it is low tide.  Several seabirds hover and a sailboat is visible near an offshore island but these are the only signs of movement in this tranquil scene.  A little bluebird appears near the artist's signature indicating her hope that the painting will bring happiness to its owner.  Marjorie Laird has long loved the sea.  She and her husband once lived on a schooner carrying cargo in Central America and then moved to Boston with visits to Cape Cod.

    June 2017 Painting of the Month

    Evening Landscape

    Evening Landscape
    by Robert D. Long
    Acquired 1945

    Evening Landscape is another naive or folk art painting.  This artist, however, has skill beyond most self-taught painters and understands the use of light and perspective.  He divides the canvas according to classical tradition and creates a balanced work of serene harmony.  The sheep in the foreground are real, so round and woolly that they seem in need of shearing. Lights from the setting sun slants across the flock and dramatically illuminates them as if they were characters in a theatrical production.

    May 2017 Painting of the Month
    Blossom Time
    Blossom Time

    by Martha M. Morgan
    Acquired 1936

    Blossom Time is the first painting acquired by the Student Council for the permanent collection at Greater Latrobe High School.  A large apple tree in full blossom dominates this impressionistic work.  The fence in the foreground and the road to the left form an expanding angle leading to a schoolhouse with children at recess in the distance.  A small girl and barefoot boy on the fence look back to the schoolhouse scene.  An intricate pattern of tree shadows leads the viewer deep into the work.  The artist used a soft pastel color scheme to create mood and a variety of brush strokes to create textures in the picture.

    April 2017 Painting of the Month
    Ohio Farm on an April Day

    Ohio Farm On An April Day

    by Robert R. Young

    Acquired 1943

    An unpaved country road leads directly into the heart of Ohio Farm On An April Day.  After heeding the admonition of the yellow stop sign, the viewer arrives at the old farm set back under the trees.  Smoke from the chimney hangs low over the house indicating the high humidity of the atmosphere, and bare tree branches bend in the same direction as the drifting smoke.  The colors are winter-subdued; however, glints of yellow on branch tips and fresh green appearing in the field signal the land's awakening from a winter sleep.

    March 2017 Painting of the Month
    Tulips

    Tulips

    by Bertha Gill Johnston

    Acquired 1940

    A casual arrangements of red tulips and gray pussy willows makes up a spring bouquet in this still life.  The artist creates a harmony of complementary colors, especially red and green, which guides the viewer into the gentle curves of the arrangement.  Bertha Johnston has placed flowers on a white cloth in front of a window.  This enables her to work with light coming thorough the window, filtering through the crystal vase and producing blue shadows on the snowy cloth.

    February 2017 Painting of the Month

    Whistle Stop

    Whistle Stop

    by John D. Clarkson

    Acquired 1946

    An arc of slushy road crosses the black tracks of a railroad under sentinel-like gates and leads the viewer to the center of a small Western Pennsylvania town.  Perched beside the crossing, like an oversized birdhouse, is a little green building where the gatekeeper watches.  The artist has succeded in creating a wet, cold winter day.  The foreground is dark and desolate but the stuctures of the town stand with their glowing lights to welcome the approaching traveller.

    January 2017 Painting of the Month

    Winter Sunshine

    Winter Sunshine

    by George H. Gerhardt

    Acquired 1943

    Winter Sunshine is a well-planned composition that uses classical symmetry to create a sense of tranquility.  Two ruts through the snow lead the viewer from a shadowed foreground to the clear, lighted center of the painting.  On either side of the lane, groups of trees divide the work into the desired harmony of the classical tradition.  The artist selected his most vibrant color and placed it in the very center in the yellow house.  He balanced it with a smaller yellow building to the right and a red one to the left.  He created the deeper snowbanks by building a thickness of paint, while simply staining the canvas for the misty background.

    December 2016 Painting of the Month

    Pittsburgh Snow Scene

    Pittsburgh Snow Scene

    by Peggy Phillips

    Acquired 1938

    Pittsburgh Snow Scene won the Carnegie Institute Prize at the Associated Artists Show in 1938.  The work, in the WPA styple, presents a frosty, windy street corner.  Snow swirls and settles on roofs,walls and road while two little birds huddle on the branch in the central foreground.  Two small children, looking like birds themselves, brave the weather.  Touches of bright green, red and gold brighten the black and white winter scene.  Peggy Phillips told a student reporter that she wanted to enter a new painting in the 1938 show so she did this one very quickly.  In fact, she painted the birds on the telephone wires the morning she took the painting to be juried. 

     

    November 2016 Painting of the Month
    November Morning
    November Morning

    by Roy Hilton

    Acquired 1945

    November Morning is a view from the artist's home in the Mt. Lebanon section of Pittsburgh. Roy Hilton was interested in the pattern and play of light that caused inanimate objects to stand out as separate elements.  He has successfully captured that light in this composition.  The sun rises in a golden glimmer through the frosty haze of a late fall morning, creating a luminosity that breaks away into the golds of the landscape and the blues and greens of the sky.  The tree branches stand out against the sky, each twig separate.  People live in this scene; the old milk truck and car assure us of that.  However, people are not important here as design and harmony create the suspended stillness of the breaking day.


    October 2016 Painting of the Month 

    From Land and Sea

    From Land And Sea

    by Wilfred A. Readio

    Acquired 1942

    From Land And Sea is done with a superrealistic approach, although that style did not become a popular part of the art world until 40 years later.  In this still life, the artist has taken four simple objects and painted them larger than life.  In doing this, he seems to be saying that something here is important and he wants the viewer to discover what it is.  A dried ear of corn and three seashells comprise the soft composition of light and shadows.  Graceful curves abound in the shapes of the shells and curls of corn husks.  The artist has created so real a quality of dryness in the painting that the husks seem almost to crackle.

     

    September 2016 Painting of the Month

    Young Athletes

    Young Athletes

    by Raymond S. Simboli

    Acquired 1940

    One of the all-time favorite paintings in the collection, Young Athletes, is a realistic portrayal of two football players and a friend engrossed in an unseen game.  Dirt and grass stains on their uniforms indicate that the two teammates have already been on the field.  The colors in the picture are rich and warm with touches of white in the background to provide distance and light behind the boys.  The central figure is the artist's older son who was killed during World War II when his plane was shot down over Italy.

    July 2016 Painting of the Month

    A Day at the Beach

    A Day at the Beach

    by Robert Anthony Jones

    Acquired 2006

     

    June 2016 Painting of the Month

    Claustrophobia Sky

    Claustrophobia Sky

    by Clayton F. Merrell

    Acquired 1998

     

    May 2016 Painting of the Month

    Garden Patch

    Garden Patch

    by Esther Topp Edmonds

    Acquired 1949

     

     April 2016 Painting of the Month

    Rainy Night

    Rainy Night

    by Raymond S. Simboli

    Acquired 1956

     

    March 2016 Painting of the Month

    Drying Off

    Drying Off

    by (Saraf) Sara Feldman

    Acquired 1963

     

    February 2016 Painting of the Month


    Reflections

    Reflections

    by Kathleen Hicks

    Acquired 2005

     

    January 2016 Painting of the Month

    Ice Trees

    Ice Trees

    by Helen Lindsay Lee

    Acquired 1966

    December 2015 Painting of the Month

    Christmas Lights

    Christmas Lights

    by William DeBarnardi

    Acquired 1992

    November 2015 Painting of the Month

    High and Mighty

    High and Mighty

    by Aaronel DeRoy Gruber

    Acquired 1960

     

     

  • October 2015 Painting of the Month

    The Lake

    The Lake

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    by Susan Tucker
    Acquired 1968

  • September 2015 Painting of the Month

    Pipefitters

    Pipefitters 
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    by James Guentner
    Acquired 2000