PRINT October 1965

Harnett, Peto, Haberle

“AS OUR TASTE EXPANDS, THE PAST GROWS WITH IT, somehow always ahead.” So said James Thrall Soby in a piece he published when he was art critic of the Saturday Review. The present exhibitions signalizes some phase of that growth. It is the first exhibition ever held to concentrate on the three giants of American still life painting at the end of the 19th century: William Michael Harnett, John Frederick Peto, and John Haberle.

Twenty years ago only the name and work of Harnett were known. Ten years ago that neat, simple picture was most confusedly shattered, as the result of research by the writer of these lines, with the sudden emergence from the past of a whole, large school of American still life painters who had been totally forgotten. Today, while interest is still justifiably high in the work of artists like Jefferson David Chalfant, Richard LaBarre Goodwin, and George W. Platt, we are

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