Still Life: Transverse Beams


Patrick Henry Bruce, American, b. Campbell County, Virginia, 1881–1936

Oil and pencil on canvas, 32 × 51 1/4 in. (81.3 × 130.2 cm) frame: 33 11/16 × 52 15/16 × 1 13/16 in. (85.6 × 134.5 × 4.6 cm)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1972

Accession Number: 72.47

The Artist
Henri-Pierre Roche, Paris, 1933
Mme. Henri-Pierre Roche, Paris (by bequest), 1959
M. Knoedler, New York (on consignment), 1965-1967
Noah Goldowsky Gallery, New York, to 1967
Jon N. Streep, New York and Paris, to 6 February 1968
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 6 February 1968-6 March 1972
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1972

Exhibition History:
M. KNOEDLER, New York. "Synchromism and Color Principles in American Painting, 1910-1930," 12 October-6 November 1965, fig. 4, p. 15, cat. no. 15, p. 50.
STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, COLLEGE AT OWSEGO. "Synchromism and Related American Color Painting, 1910-1930," 4-26 February 1967 (Museum of Modern Art, New York, circulating exhibition), cat. no. 9. Tour to nine U.S. cities.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Inaugural Exhibition," 4 October 1974-15 September 1975.
ARTS COUNCIIL OF GREAT BRITAIN in association with the Edinburgh society and the Royal Scottish Academy (organizers). "The Modern Spirit: American Painting and Photography, 1908-1935," no. 122, p. 72. TOUR: ROYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMY, Edinburgh, 20 August-11 September 1977; HAYWARD GALLERY, London, 28 September-20 November.
MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Houston. "Patrick Henry Bruce, American Modernist," 31 May-29 July 1979, colorpl. p. 37. TOUR: MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York, 22 August-21 October; VIRGINIA MUSEUM, Richmond, 26 November 1979-6 January 1980.
TERRA MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, Chicago, IL. "A Transatlantic Avant-Garde: American Artists in Paris, 1918-1939," 17 April - 27 June 2004. TOUR: MUSEE D'ART AMERICAIN, GIVERNY, 31 August - 30 November 2003; TACOMA ART MUSEUM, Tacoma, WA, 18 December 2003 - 28 March 2004.

Published References:
JACOBS, JAY. "Collector: Joseph H. Hirshhorn," Art in America 57 (July-August 1969), p. 63.
AGEE, WILLIAM C. "Letters: Patrick Henry Bruce," Art in America 57 (November-December 1969), p. 38.
LERNER, ABRAM. "Letters: Patrick Henry Bruce, Reply," Art in America 57 (November-December 1969), p. 38.
JACOBS, JAY. "Quality as well as Quantity: Joseph H. Hirshhorn," Jean Lipman, ed., The Collector in America (New York: Viking, 1971), p. 85, ill.
COOK, KENNETH H. "Patrick Henry Bruce: Artist was Native of Campbell County," News & Record (South Boston, Virginia: 31 October 1974), p. 1D-2D, ill.
LERNER, ABRAM, et al. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1974), p. 670, fig. 493.
LIPMAN, JEAN and HELEN M. FRANK. Bright Stars: American Painting and Sculpture Since 1776 (New York: E.P. Dutton, 1976), colorpl. p. 109.
AGEE, WILLIAM C. "Patrick Henry Bruce: A Major American Artist of Early Modernism," Arts in Virginia, 17/3 (Spring 1977), no. 11, ill. pp. 28-29.
AGEE, WILLIAM C. and BARBARA ROSE. Patrick Henry Bruce: American Modernist (New York: Museum of Modern Art: Houston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1979), cat. no. D23, pp. 206-207, colorpl. 29.
See file for further info.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, Early American Modernism

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