Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Starr Gallery of Watercolors
Long-time supporters of the Springfield Museums and active leaders in the greater Springfield arts community, David and Peggy Starr recently donated a dozen exceptional objects from their personal collection to the D’Amour Museum.
The exhibit reflects the Starrs’ broad interest in history and art, their passion for social justice and their life-long support of working artists. Prints by Francisco Goya (Spanish, 1746-1828), Honoré Daumier (French, 1808-1879) and William Gropper (American, 1897-1977) display powerful statements about corrupt authority and comment on societal injustice.
Four engravings by Barry Moser (American, born 1940), one of the world’s greatest book illustrators, showcase his mastery of wood engraving and his ability to capture the very essence of a person or place. This same ability is also present in two etchings by James McNeil Whistler (American, 1834-1903), including a dramatic portrait of the sculptor, M. Drouet, and another of Billingsgate, an area on the Thames River southeast of London.
Other notable artists displayed in the show include Marie Laurencin (French, 1883-1956), John Wenger (American, 1887-1976) and Saul Raskin (Russian-American, 1878-1966).