Organized in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of Ben Solowey’s birth, this installation features paintings and drawings from almost every stage of Solowey’s distinguished career, with a special emphasis on the work he made in Bucks County from 1942 until his death in 1978.
The show includes several works that have never before been exhibited at the Michener. Solowey routinely displayed his paintings in national and international exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Academy of Design and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Between 1929 and 1942, he made his reputation in New York City through his striking charcoal portraits of the luminaries of the performing arts, commissioned by The New York Times, Post, and Herald-Tribune.
In 1942, at the height of his substantial acclaim for both his paintings and theatrical drawings, Solowey left the comforts of Fifth Avenue for the countryside of Bucks County, where he created some of his finest works.