Exhibitions

Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection

Championing realism was an assertive act at the moment when critics were celebrating abstract expressionism and promoting "action painting." Sara Roby refused to be bound by current trends, nor was she willing to be constrained by an orthodoxy of her own making. So, along with paintings by Edward Hopper, Paul Cadmus, and other contemporary realists, the Foundation purchased abstract work by Stuart Davis, Louise Nevelson, and Mark Tobey. Roby and her advisors recognized that the beauty and spirituality as well as the tensions of modern life allowed for many kinds of realism. In 1959, an exhibition of the Foundation's collection opened at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. It was the beginning of a twenty-five-year exhibition program that circulated the Foundation's collections to museums throughout the country.



Isabel Bishop
Mending
1945

Paul Cadmus
Green Still Life
1954

Morris Graves
Hibernation
1954




Edward Hopper
White River at Sharon
1937

Edward Hopper
Cape Cod Morning
1950

Reginald Marsh
George Tilyou's Steeplechase
1932




Reginald Marsh
Coney Island Beach
1951

Reginald Marsh
Bathing–Pick-A-Back
1952

Bernard Perlin
The Farewell
1952




William Thon
Pine Trees
1955

Mark Tobey
Canticle
1954

Robert Vickrey
Fear
1954



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