Wiregrass Museum of Art

Dothan, Alabama



Vintage Delights: Paintings & Bronzes from the Mason-Scharfestein Collection


September. 13 - November 9, 1997


Walter Emerson Baum, Street in Doylestown, PA, 1946


Over the past twenty years Bill Mason and Bob Scharfenstein have amassed an impressive array of artworks numbering in the hundreds. What began as a penchant for early American Victorian furniture took them to auction houses and gallery dealers, where their taste slowly evolved into a passion for painting. From Realism to Impressionism. American to European, they gradually covered their walls with attractive and sophisticated canvases. Recently, they have added bronzes to their extensive list of acquisitions.

This exhibition highlights the most outstanding works in the Mason-Scharfenstein collection. These timeless artworks are pure delights, offering pleasing scenes for both the eye and the soul. While the works represent a range of time periods and countries of origin, there is a subtle, yet persistent, thread which weaves the pieces together as a collection. Subject matter is not flashy and ostentatious or politically or socially motivated. Rather, it tends to fall within one of the standard categories of landscape, portrait, still life, or genre. Understated and soothing, the pieces honor the beauty of the world around us, while showcasing the mastery of accomplished artists. This emphasis on traditional subjects and beautiful craftsmanship makes the Mason-Scharfenstein collection a example of excellence, maturity, and enduring popularity within the visual arts.

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