THE ARTS:

Herman Maril Exhibit

A Rare Show of Herman Maril’s Works Is On View at the University of Maryland

“Many Seasons: Works by Herman Maril" will be on view through January 31, 2002 at both the University of Maryland University College art gallery, 3501 University Boulevard East, in Adelphi, Maryland. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Admission is free. The entire show is also available for viewing online, at http://www.umuc.edu/maril.

The Baltimore-born Maril (1908-1986) is considered one of the most talented artists of the Depression era. He is known primarily for seascapes, interior scenes, and landscapes. "The sources of my work have been a response to nature and the world around me," he once said. "I am interested in the language of paint." "Many Seasons" focuses on the artist's exploration of the world of sports and recreation.

The artist was not discovered until 1934, when Duncan Phillips, founder and director of The Phillips Collection, began acquiring his work. Maril had his first one-man exhibition at Howard University Gallery of Art in Washington. Maril pieces can also be found over 50 other museums, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Walters Art Museum, and the Baltimore Museum of Art, where Maril was a trustee from 1941 until his death.

Eleanor Roosevelt selected Maril's sketch of the Baltimore harbor to hang in the White House, and former Vice President Nelson Rockefeller chose a Maril canvas for his Washington, D.C. mansion. In addition to being an artist, Maril taught for over 30 years at the University of Maryland, College Park, in addition to other educational institutions.

Maril had a particular fondness for Cape Cod as well as for Baltimore. He and his wife, Esta, honeymooned in Provincetown, Mass., in 1948, and the two later renovated the old post office there as a summer home and art studio. Maril was inspired, too, by Portugal.

Herman Maril received many awards in recognition of his work. He was the recipient of the prestigious American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award. He also received the National Academy of Design Ranger Prize, the Audubon Artists Stephan Hirch Memorial Award, the Silvermine Guild Award, and numerous other prizes from the Baltimore Municipal Art Society and the Baltimore Museum of Art. In 1986, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree at UMUC in recognition of his lifetime of achievement.

 


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This story was published on November 7, 2001.