George Sotter (1879-1953), Low Tide Rockport, Maine, n.d. Oil on Canvas. 26 x 32.25 in. James A. Michener Art Museum. Gift of Marguerite and Gerry Lenfest.

In 1999, the Michener Art Museum received the most important collections gift in its history: 59 Pennsylvania Impressionist paintings from Marguerite and Gerry Lenfest, a gift that instantly established the Michener as the finest collection of the art of Bucks County in private or public hands and the premier center for the study of art of this period. Glorious examples by such luminaries as Walter Emerson Baum, Fern Coppedge, John Fulton Folinsbee, Daniel Garber, William Lathrop, Edward Redfield, George Sotter, Robert Spencer, and Walter Elmer Schofield illustrate the profound importance of art produced in this region. In 2010, the Lenfests gave another major collection of Modernist works by Charles Frederick Ramsey, Louis Stone, Charles Evans, Lloyd Ney, and Charles Rosen, and others, expanding the Museum’s ability to tell the rich story of American art and securely placing the Museum in the pantheon of significant American museums.

In memory of Gerry Lenfest, the Michener will exhibit this fall the entire Lenfest collection for the first time in history, allowing visitors to see first-hand both the quality and extent of the generosity of two remarkable collectors, visionaries, and supporters of the Museum.

Impressionism to Modernism: The Lenfest Collection of American Art is generously supported by Visit Bucks County, Worth & Company, Inc., Bob and Joyce Byers, and Kathy and Ted Fernberger. Additional support is provided by FREEMAN’S.

Media support is provided by The Philadelphia Inquirer.

 

 

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