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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Copies of Homer paintings unveiled tonight at Library

'Winding Line', a valuable Winslow Homer painting
in the collection of the Plainfield Public Library.

Noting an anonymous young Maine fisherman's unwitting contribution to the Plainfield Public Library months before the New York Times caught on, the Courier's Mark Spivey highlighted the backstory to the library's most valuable painting, Winslow Homer's 'Winding Line' (see story here).

Copies of that painting and the library's other Homer, an oil 'Looking Over The Cliff', will be unveiled at the library tonight

The two paintings were valued at $7.5 million when reappraised before one was lent to the Art Institute of Chicago for an exhibit. The value of the paintings made it impossible to offer them for public view on a regular basis.

What to do?

While testing the art market in an effort to set up a trust for future library development, an agreement was struck to have reproductions of the two pieces made for every day display in the library's Anne Louise Davis Gallery.

The reproductions will be unveiled at a reception and talk this evening, where American paintings expert Gretchen Burch of Sotheby's New York will give a talk about Homer's life and art, with especial attention to the two paintings in the Plainfield Public Library's collection.

All are cordially invited.

Winslow Homer at the Plainfield Public Library
Reception and Talk

Thursday, October 1 | 7:00 PM

Anne Louise Davis Gallery

Plainfield Public Library
Park Avenue and 8th Street

-- Dan Damon

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