Cincinnati Museum to Loan Robert Henri Painting to LA’s Huntington Library After Losing Super Bowl Friendly Bet
There was a lot at stake last night at Super Bowl LVI, and not just for the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals.
California Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens teams up with the Cincinnati Museum of Art for a friendly bet, betting each of their Robert-Henri paintings to the other museum for loan.
Cincinnati Serious Patience (1915) is a portrait of a young girl in blue, the official color of the Rams, while the subject of Huntington’s Irish girl (1927) has a reddish-orange border on his white coat, reminiscent of the Bengals’ tiger-striped logo. Now that the Rams are reigning victorious, beating the Bengals 23-20, the paints will be reunited at the Huntington sometime later this year.
“Serious Patience been waiting a long time to see her friend. After the Bengals take care of business on the football field on Sunday, she is invited to Cincinnati for a Dey play,” Cincinnati Art Museum director Cameron Kitchin wrote in a statement. declaration before the match (referring to Bengal’s unofficial chant, “who dey”).
When the Bengals scored, the museum announced “Touchdown Bengals!” to Facebooksharing a photo of Jim Dine’s 12ft tall bronze sculpture of a triumphant looking PInocchio that stands on the museum lawn.
It was the Huntington, of course, who had the last word. “Rams for Victory!” the museum wrote on Twittersharing an image of Irish girl with a Rams hat and the Lombardi Trophy. “Good game @cincyartmuseum – looking forward to hosting Serious Patience at the Huntington soon.
Henri is an intriguing figure in the history of art in the United States. Cincinnati native Robert Henry Cozad was forced to change his name after his father fatally shot another man during a cattle dispute in Nebraska. The artist studied at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia and at the Académie Julian in Paris, but sought to go beyond the impressionist style of painting then dominant. Henri revolted against American academic art, helping to found what became known as the Ashcan School of American art.
The Henri bet, reported for the first time by the Cincinnati Business Mail, marks the first time in four years that museums have gotten in on the Super Bowl action. In 2018, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston shipped Mrs. James Warren (Mercy Otis), California. 1763, by John Singleton Copley to the Philadelphia Museum of Art after the Eagles beat the New England Patriots 41-33.
The museum’s first bet on the Super Bowl was placed in 2010, at the request of art journalist Tyler Green. After Green suggested the idea on his blog, Max Anderson, director of the Indianapolis Museum of Art goaded New Orleans Art Museum director John Bullard to bet on Indianapolis The Fifth Plague of Egypt through JMW Turner against New Orleans Ideal view of Tivoli through Claude Lorrain. (The New Orleans Saints won 31-17.)
In the years that followed, the Denver Art Museum lent the Seattle Art Museum Frederic Remingtonthe bronze sculpture of The bronchos hunter when the Seahawks beat the Broncos in 2014. The following year, when Seattle lost to the Patriots, he sent Albert Bierstadtit is Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast (1870) at the Clark Institute of Artin Williamstown, Massachusetts.
In 2017, the MFA Boston and the Top Art Museum in Atlanta refused to bet on any art, but engaged in meme-based trash talk in the Twitter-based #MuseumBowl in honor of the game.
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