Ben Foster Memorial Exhibition Brooklyn Museum of Art
A FINE MEMORIAL EXHIBITION of Ben Fos-ter's landscapes is beingVld at The Brooklyn Museum in its Gallery of American Paintings. For more than thirty years he produced landscape paintings of high merit, and for art lovers who do not admire the, works of the modernists there will be complete satisfaction in their enjoyment of Mr. Foster's hills and woods and gardens; though for one whose eye has be come accustomed to distorted drawing and strangely expressed ideas, Ben Foster's paintings seem somewhat photographic. His work suggests nqthing of the new art, although he only died on the 28th of last January. It is rich in color and many of the canvases were painted at dusk or in the moonlight. One called "Misty Moonlight Night," which was awarded the medal of the second class, Carnegie Institute, was presented to the Brooklyn Museum by Mr. William A. Putnam. Another lovely picture painted at dusk which holds all the restful peace of ; that hour is "Green Mountain," lent by Dr. and Mrs. Clark Burnham, Across the lower edge of the canvas the artist has painted in letters tipped off in yellow : "Ben Foster to his beloved friends, Clark and Matilda Burnham." It will be remembered that as a very young boy Mr. Foster began his short business career in the office of J, B. Spelman & Sons, the business of Mr. Burnham's father. One of Mr. Foster's favorite subjects is tree trunks, some painted at night, others with sunbeams straying into the depths of the woods. A particularly lovely one of this type is called "Pines at Sunset" and is one in the collection that was found in his studio after his death and is being handled for sale by the Grand Central Art Galleries. Another of these enticing scenes is "Woods Interior," lent by Mr. John J. Walton. The dashes of sunlight on the dried ine needles give a rich red brown ground for the silver green trees. Others who have lent canvases to the collection are : Mr. Charles Foster, Mr. Harold I. Pratt, Mrs. William T. Hunter, Mr. Alexander M. White, Mr. William A. Putnam, the City Art Museum of St. Louis, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Carnegie Institute of Pittsburgh and the Macbeth and Grand Central Galleries and The Buffalo Fine Arts Academy. The exhibition will remain on view until May 1st. C. G. H.