The first scholarly exhibition catalogue of the work of Eugene Speicher (1883–1962), one of the foremost American realists of his generation, who was closely associated with George Bellows, Robert Henri, Leon Kroll, and Rockwell Kent.
Called “America’s greatest living painter” by Esquire magazine in 1936, Speicher (1883–1962) was one of the foremost realists of his generation, closely associated with George Bellows, Robert Henri, and Leon Kroll. The exhibition catalogue examines Speicher’s oeuvre, including his artistic development, subject matter, choice of models, influences, and the critical reception of his work. The catalogue contains three essays. The primary essay by curator Valerie Ann Leeds consists of a general assessment and critical review of Speicher’s career and his place in the art world of his day. Another essay authored by Tom Wolf explores Speicher and his relationship to Woodstock. A third essay, by Daniel Belasco, surveys Speicher’s drawings. The catalogue is the first to present a significant body of Speicher’s work in color.
Valerie Ann Leeds is an independent curator and scholar, and a renowned expert on Robert Henri and American art. Tom Wolf is Professor of Art History at Bard College and specializes in American art, with an emphasis on the art and artists of the Woodstock art colony. Daniel Belasco is Curator of Exhibitions and Programs at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Sara J. Pasti is Neil C. Trager Director of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at the State University of New York at New Paltz.
Distributed for the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art
Table of Contents
Foreword Sara J. Pasti
My Credo Eugene Speicher
From Prominence to Obscurity: Reconsidering the Art and Career of Eugene Speicher Valerie Ann Leeds
Eugene Speicher, Woodstock Artist Tom Wolf
Clear in His Mind: The Drawings of Eugene Speicher Daniel Belasco