Flora Baum and Daughter Marian, 1905
Charcoal drawing on paper, irregular dimensions
and dated lr: “Wm. T. Trego, 1905”
Barndt Baum, the wife of Walter E. Baum, studied with Trego briefly in 1903
when her husband began his studies. She also began posing for Trego. Though she
discontinued her art lessons in favor of caring for her daughter, Marian, Flora
continued to pose for Trego. Here, she and Marian pose as the Virgin Mary and
baby Jesus, respectively. Walter Baum remembered that Trego sang lullabies to
his daughter while painting her. This may be a study for one of the several
paintings Trego did of the nativity scene in 1905.
sketch is one of several rescued by Walter E. Baum from Trego’s studio after
his death. It passed to Baum’s son, Robert “Bert” Baum, and from him to the
Doylestown, Pennsylvania, James A. Michener Art Museum, June 3-Oct 2, 2011: "So Bravely and So Well: The Life and Art of William T. Trego."
The paper is discolored and brittle. It has been
torn nearly in half and there are some losses along the edges.
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