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Acquisitions of the 1930's and 1940's: A Selection of Paintings, Watercolors, and Drawings in Tribute to Baroness Hilla von Rebay 1890–1967
Louise Averill Svendsen
Published in 1968
136 pages, fully illustrated
Softcover, 7 x 10 inches
Organized in honor of the first director, Hilla Rebay, after her death in 1967, this exhibition catalogue revisits and pays tribute to Rebay's collection initiatives in the museum's earliest and formative years. The catalogue is organized in order of acquisition and illustrated with annotated color and black-and-white images. Together with an introduction by then-director Thomas M. Messer, this publication serves as a visual map of the collection trends during these two decades, and contains both figurative and non-objective works.
Acquisitions of the 1930's and 1940's—a selection from a large reservoir of works—cannot, it must be admitted, claim the sanction of the personality it honors. The Museum's first Director would certainly have stressed the non-objective idiom for its own sake more than we have and there can be no doubt that Rudolf Bauer's, her own work, and that of artists here omitted would be given more prominence in a choice reflecting Miss Rebay's own preferences. To accept these for the occasion without modification had of course suggested itself. If such an alternative was abandoned, this was done because it seemed preferable to let a great contribution benefit from hindsight so effortlessly gained so that the result may stand, if not as intended, then certainly as fated.