Dead Blogging ‘Alfred Maurer’ at Addison Gallery

Well the Missus and I trundled up to Andover yesterday to catch Alfred Maurer: At the Vanguard of Modernism at the Addison Gallery of American Art and, say, it was swell.

Maurer was an early 20th Century artist who morphed from an Impressionist to a Fauvist to a Cubist. From the Addison’s website:

Considered the most accomplished American artist to adopt Fauvism, Alfred Maurer (1868–1932) tirelessly explored the boundaries of artistic expression throughout his career. From his cross-fertilization of Fauvism between French and American circles to his channeling of abstraction in his late radical works, Maurer proved to be a formidable creative force in expanding the potential for artistic expression in American art.

Representative samples, early (Whistler inspired) work first:




Then Maurer met Henri Matisse and jumped on board the Fauve Express.




Several years later, Maurer squared up with Cubism.




It’s like he was triplets.

For a more cogent analysis, check out Sebastian Smee’s slightly dyspeptic review in last Sunday’s Boston Globe.

And while you’re there, also check out the excellent exhibits Light/Dark, White/BlackOn the Scene: 20th Century Street Photography, and especially Searching for the Real, which showcases the Addison’s fabulous permanent collection.

All are there through July 31.

Seriously, it’s not that far.

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2 Responses to Dead Blogging ‘Alfred Maurer’ at Addison Gallery

  1. Bill says:

    Excuse me for nagging, but didn’t the phrase “say, it was swell” go out with the 1950s?

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