Get acquainted with art acquired by Oscar B. Jacobson for the museum’s permanent collection in these 30-minute discussions. You are invited to bring your lunch; dessert and drinks will be provided. Susan Baley, Director of Education, will present the talks.
January 20 – Edward Weston (1886-1958), White Dunes, Oceano, California, 1936
The museum’s photography collection began in 1937 when Jacobson acquired three photographs by Weston, who is known for his photographs that achieve image sharpness in both foreground and background.
February 17 – Paul Cézanne (1839-1906), The Bathers (Les Baigneurs), 1896-97
Jacobson gave this lithograph to the museum in the 1930s. As a painter, Jacobson was influenced by Cézanne’s interest in the tension between the flat surface of a two-dimensional artwork and its illusion of depth.
April 21 – B.J.O. Nordfeldt (1878-1955), Thunder Dance, 1928
Nordfeldt, like Jacobson, was influenced by the planar style of Cézanne. Jacobson and Nordfeldt also were fellow Swedes. This painting, which depicts a dance at the Taos Pueblo, was given to the museum in 1966, shortly before Jacobson’s death.
May 19 – Jozef Bakos (1878-1955), Cienega, 1942
Bakos helped to found the Santa Fe artist group Los Cinco Pintores (The Five Painters) in 1921. Cienega was created while Bakos was working for the national relief program, the Works Progress Administration. Jacobson was instrumental in acquiring WPA works for the collection through his advisement of the WPA’s Federal Art Project for Oklahoma.
June 16 – Birger Sandzén (1871-1954), In the Painted Desert, Arizona, n.d.
Sandzén served as Jacobson’s mentor when the younger artist studied at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. Known primarily for his landscapes, Sandzén admired modern French painters, including Paul Cézanne.