Electronic Cataloging Project Entry #34

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Electronic Cataloging Project Entry #34

November 10, 2011

Joseph Stella's Tree, Cactus, Moon, circa 1928 object file included an article from Winston-Salem's The Sentinel newspaper on June 25, 1979--which Managing Curator Allison Slaby quotes in her new description of the work. Here is an excerpt:

Tree, Cactus, Moon was an early modernist addition to the Reynolda House Museum of American Art collection.  In 1979, the painting was unveiled to the public in Reynolda's Reception Hall, where works by nineteenth-century American artists Albert Bierstadt and George Inness also hung.  At the unveiling, Barbara Babcock Millhouse, Reynolda's founding director, remarked, 'In recent years, Reynolda House has attempted to match its very fine collection of nineteenth-century works of art with equally fine works from the twentieth century.' Like Georgia O'Keeffe's Pool in the Woods, Lake George, 1922, a later gift to the Museum from Barbara Millhouse, Stella's Tree, Cactus, Moon continues Reynolda House's interest in landscape painting, but reinterprets the landscape using decidedly modernist visual language.

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