In honor of the Newport Art Museum’s Centennial in 2012, we embraced the goal of acquiring 100 significant works of art to represent 100 years of service to our community. "100 Works for 100 Years," celebrates the importance of our region's historic and contemporary artists.
The Newport Art Museum recently acquired this significant George Bellows drawing at auction. The work might look familiar to some because it is a study for Children on the Porch, 1919, an oil painting we borrowed from the Columbus Museum of Art for an exhibition held here in 2000: “George Bellows in Newport and Beyond.” The drawing and painting depict Bellows’ daughters, Anne and Jean, and their cousin Margaret Story on their porch in Middletown. Bellows and his family spent the summers of 1918 and 1919 in the Newport area, where the artist created many memorable images. Funds generated from the deaccessioning of artworks that do not fit our mission made this purchase possible.
Louise Marianetti's Portraits of Everett Marshall is a recent addition to the Newport Art Museum's collection as part of our 100 Works for 100 Years initiative, thanks to the generosity of Martin and Louise Pezzulo. Marianetti, a "magic realist" painter educated at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Art Students League, exhibited this work for the first time at the Art Association of Newport in 1949. The portrait of her husband is painted as a double exposure; Marianetti depicts her own profile on the right, her upraised hand wielding a sharp-pointed pencil alarmingly close to her husband's neck.