Having had the pleasure of going through canvases and drawings and other works of paper by Ben Solowey with artist Paul DuSold, I came away seeing the work in a different light. I’ve looked at, studied, and admired Ben’s work for years, yet in a short time with Paul, I came with a fresh perspective on Ben. seeing Ben’s work through the eyes of another artist is a refreshing experieince and one that I think visitors will enjoy.
Paul was taken with the works that speak to ben’s presence in the studio and the world outside its doors. Not finding any landscapes amongst Paul’s works, I assumed that it was a genre he did not enjoy. Yet he selected several stunning landscape canvases by Ben.
Landscape with Red Barn from 1940 shows a view of the east side of the Studio (when it was still very much a barn and painted red) from the vantage point of the front of the house. We have not exhibited this work in ten years, since the exhibition, Portraits and Landscapes by Ben Solowey at Lebanon Valley College as part of Ben’s Centennial Celebration.
Paul picked another wonderful work, End of Summer from 1942, which has had a distinguished exhibition history beginning in 1948 at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts as part of a traveling show from the Art Institute of Chicago. The last museum to show the work was the James A. Michener Art Museum’s short-lived satellite museum in New Hope in 2003, as part of their inaugural exhibition Coming Home. It was last seen in he Studio in 2005.