Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Ethel Greenough Holmes, Kansas City painter

Close up on her signature

Lovely Fall Wooded Landscape                                               Oil Painting by Ethel Greenough Holmes
Mrs Massey Holmes was the School Committee Chairman for the Fine Arts Institute, when it was located at 1020 McGee Street in Kansas City, Missouri. She was listed as a painter in the 1917 American Art Directory, Volume 14, page 515. As a Kansas City arts patron, Ethel once encouraged her friend, Birger Sandzen, to paint a famous Colorado mountain peak. She purchased a smaller canvas for herself before commissioning an enlarged version she intended to give to the Nelson-Adkins Museum.  The presentation of “The Great Peak” to the Nelson in 1938 was quite an affair, and was attended by Sandzen himself and noted Regionalists John Steuart Curry, Grant Wood and Thomas Hart Benton, among others. (Click on http://themuseumfreak.wordpress.com/category/nature/ Scroll down to view the Aug.17th entry) 
(Article by M.K. Powell, courtesy of Missouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, 14 West 10th St, Kansas City, Mo, accessed December 4, 2010)

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