Heckscher Museum of Art
Huntington, Long Island, NY
For Love of Country
As one of mankind's principal occupations, war has been a consistent theme in art from the dawn of recorded history when classical vase paintings and sculpture glorified the valor of war heroes. This fascination with war has continued through the present to be reflected by artists with depictions of military encounters, of patriots, and of rulers.
"For Love of Country," opening at the Heckscher Museum of Art on April 15 and continuing through June 4, 2000, features work by artists Mort Kunstler, Newell Convers Wyeth, Alonzo Chappel, among others, and selections from the holdings of Long Island collectors Steven A. Klar and Herschel and Fern Cohen.
Included in the Heckscher's military-themed exhibition is an installation of several hundred miniatures from the collection of the prominent real estate developer, Steven A. Klar. These lead soldiers, produced from the late-19th century through the 1950s in France and England, encompass a wide range of historic periods, and are particularly rich in Napoleonic subjects. Also on view from Klar's personal collection are several war-related paintings. Print collectors Herschel and Fern Cohen, whose Depression era works were the subject of a Heckscher exhibition last year, have also contributed several compelling examples of war in art to "For Love of Country."
Among the works on view drawn from the Museum's permanent collection are Alonzo Chappel's Washington at the Battle of Monmouth, Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier's Napoleonic Era Mounted Dragoon, and Etienne Prosper Berne-Bellecour's Embarkatian Maneuver. Also included in "For Love of Country" are two historically-accurate scenes from American history by Long Island artist Mort Kunstler: Jackson Commandeers the Railroad and Forming the Line. (left: Alonzo Chappel (1828-1887), Drafting the Declaration of Independence, n.d., oil on canvas, Permanent collection, Heckscher Museum of Art)
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