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Donation Conserves Two Prized Paintings


A combined image of two conserved portraits, one of Robert La Follette (accession #1980.362) and another of Louise Preusser (accession #1974.185)

Once again the Society's painting collection is the beneficiary of the generous financial support of the FRIENDS of the Society. The FRIENDS acquired a gift of $1,000 from the Wisconsin Antiques Dealers Association to cover the material costs associated with the recent conservation of two oil portraits. Conservator Barry Bauman of Chicago provided pro bono restoration services. Thus, the Society is fortunate to have two more collections treasures conserved with no out-of-pocket expenses. The FRIENDS and dealers association supported the treatment of two other Society paintings in 2009, also conserved by Bauman.

About the Portraits

Renowned artist Carl von Marr painted the portrait of Louise Preusser, above right, around 1885. She was the wife of prominent Milwaukee merchant and jeweler Christian Preusser (1826-1899). Carl von Marr (1858-1936) was born in Milwaukee but studied and spent most of his distinguished career in Germany. His exhibitions across Europe received numerous awards and accolades.

Artist George W. Schneider painted the portrait of Wisconsin political icon Robert La Follette, above left, in 1905. The Ohio-born Schneider studied at the Academie Julian and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and settled in Madison. The Society has four painted portraits of La Follette, but this image depicts the intensity of his gaze not seen in the others.

Our thanks go out to the FRIENDS of the Society and to the Wisconsin Antiques Dealers Association.

:: Posted November 14, 2011

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