The following prints by American Art Nouveau illustrator and artist William H. Bradley joined the collection in 1979. Nicknamed the “Dean of American Designers” by the Saturday Evening Post, Bradley was the highest paid American artist of the early 20th century. (source)
The Chap Book, Thanksgiving No., 1895
The Chap-Book was a literary journal published in Chicago between 1894-1898.
Christmas, Harper’s Bazaar, 1895
Poster for Springfield Bicycle Club Tournament, Sep. 1985
Lithographic Poster for Narcoticure, ca. 1895
This amazing poster illustrates “Narcoticure,” a product made by the Narcoti Chemical Company of Springfield, MA, meant to cure “the tobacco habit.”
Untitled, from The Echo, ca. 1895
To see more illustrations by Bradley from the collection, click here.
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American artist Eliot O’Hara (1890-1969) was the most popularly known watercolorist in America from 1930-1950 (source). His beautiful watercolors illustrated here were gifted to the Mead in 1994 from the O’Hara Picture Trust.
The O’Hara Picture Trust gifted a total of 13 O’Hara watercolors to the Mead. To see them all, click here.
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The pair of beautiful Austrian portrait plates below were gifted to the Mead in 1955.
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This quirky and colorful silkscreen print by German-born American artist Peter Max joined the collection in 1978. To see more works by Max from the collection, click here.
image source: Lady with a Picture
These beautifully sculpted ibeji figures joined the collection in 2002. “Ibeji” is a term in the Yoruba language meaning “twins”: ibeji from “ibi,” meaning “born,” and “eji,” meaning “two.” The Yoruba are a major African ethnic group known for having an extraordinarily high rate of multiple births.
“Since in Yoruba traditional religion, each person is one soul in the long line of ancestral souls, twins are complex, sharing the same soul – but one of the two is thought to have the spiritual half of the soul while the other has the mortal half. Since there is no way to determine which has the mortal soul and which the spiritual soul, if one twin should die, a carving is commissioned to represent the deceased child. …[Carvings] are often well tended. The Yoruba people believe that this care and tending helps ensure the survival of the other twin.” (source)Also from the collection is the following photograph by Ulli Beier, from his Yoruba Children series. Depicted are two toddlers (not specified as twins) captivated by the two small ibeji figures standing at their feet.
Click here to see more ibeji figures in the collection.
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This watercolor from the collection is one of my favorites. It’s by Richard Yarde, Professor of Fine Art at UMass – Amherst, and was gifted to the Mead in 2002.
To see more of Yarde’s work from the Mead’s collection, click here.
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This lovely print by Pablo Picasso joined the collection in 1956. It isn’t currently on view at the Mead, but a small collection of other sketches by the infamous artist are, alongside prints by his friend and rival Henri Matisse.
image source: Illustration for Vollard’s unpublished edition of Andre Suares’ “Helene chez Archimide”
This festive design for a 1930s ballet costume by Russian artist Lev Vasil’evich Zak (aka Leon Zack) joined the collection in 2001.
image source: Costume Design: Giselle, Ballet Russe, Paris 1930
The Mead’s fall exhibition, This Just In! Additions to the Collection from Pompeii to Today, is on view now through December 29. Included in the exhibition is the Mead’s newly acquired Roman sarcophagus, inscribed with a memorial poem for the two children it once held.
Also on view is an exquisite print by Albrecht Dürer:
Contemporary art by Jonathan Meese:
And so much more.
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A new exhibition opens today at the Mead! To Be At The Farther Edge: Photographs along the New England Trail/Barbara Bosworth features twenty photographs exhibited simultaneously at 9 different venues. (Each venue features a different work, or works, by the artist!) Learn more about the artist and the exhibition here.
image credit: Barbara Bosworth, Harry above Briggs Brook Falls, 2012