Morse News

October 25, 2012

Lockwood de Forest’s
The Wreck Is Focus of
New Exhibition

At first glance, Lockwood de Forest’s oil painting The Wreck is a simple desert landscape. This major work, however, is a complex metaphor for life, death, and the drama of survival. The subject of  a new Morse Focus Exhibition that opened October 23, the 36-by-48-inch painting is accompanied by photo essay panels that help the viewer appreciate this powerful painting’s creation, context, and symbolism. A recent gift, this Orientalist work depicts five Bedouins riding their camels across a distant sunlit horizon and in the foreground, the dark skeletal remains of a camel—the “wreck” of the painting’s title. De Forest (1850–1932), a friend and business partner of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s (1848–1933), was also an importer and decorator.


Detail, The Wreck, 1880
Oil on canvas
Lockwood de Forest, 1850–1932
Gift of the estate of Lisa de Forest
(2010-007)

New Vignette Showcases Recent Acquisitions

Though dominated by the massive gift from Jeannette and Hugh McKean, the Morse collection has always been supported and enhanced by individuals whose contributions have helped the collection to grow in important ways. The Museum’s new vignette From the Morse Vaults—Recent Acquisitions shows how the Museum’s collection continues to evolve through generous donations. Highlights include Blue Magnolia and Zephyr Lily pottery from Roseville, a 1908 gold wristwatch from Tiffany & Co., and blown-glass vases from the family of Arthur J. Nash (1849–1934), who Louis Comfort Tiffany hired to develop his signature glass. The vignette will be on view through January 6, 2013.


Cookie jar, after 1943
Magnolia pattern
Glazed clay
Roseville Pottery, Zanesville, Ohio
Gift of William King Rogers Jr. and Elgan Atwood Stappe II
(2012-002:027)

Friday Nights at the Morse Resume November 2

Mark your calendars now for the return of free Friday nights at the Morse on November 2. Every Friday night from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., November through April, visitors to the Museum receive free admission to the galleries. To enhance the gallery experience, our schedule also includes a variety of programs, such as live music, curator tours, art demonstrations, and family tours on select dates throughout the season. For a complete schedule of Friday night open house events, please visit our Web site.


Visitors to the Morse can enjoy the beauty of the galleries, including the Tiffany Chapel, for free on Friday nights November through April.

Fall Film Series: Secret Life of 19th-Century Paintings

This fall, the Friday Brown Bag Matinees examine the story behind three famous masterpieces from the late 19th century with films from the BBC series The Private Life of a Masterpiece. The series kicks off at noon November 2 with Édouard Manet:Le Déjeuner Sur L'Herbe, and continues with James McNeill Whistler: Portrait of the Artist’s Mother on November 9 and Edvard Munch: The Scream on November 16. The films, each about 50 minutes long, will be shown in the Jeannette G. and Hugh F. McKean Pavilion, 161 West Canton Avenue (just behind the Museum). Those attending are invited to bring a lunch; the Museum provides soft drinks and refreshments. Admission is free.


Édouard Manet’s “Luncheon on the Grass” (Le Déjeuner Sur L'Herbe) will be the focus of the first film in the fall Brown Bag Matinee series on November 2.