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: Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Phelps Present Painting by Douglas Volk


Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
For many years the chief activity of The Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts, which celebrated its fortieth anniversary last January, was The Minneapolis School of Art. Its rolls contain some distinguished names among them that of Douglas Volk, who was its Director from 1886-1893. His enthusiasm for the school and his constructive work at a time when the interest in art in the Northwest was not great, naturally brought him many warm friends. That the late Mr. E. J. Phelps with his great capacity for friendship, was among these, is not surprising. Before leaving Minneapolis Mr. Volk painted a figure piece, illustrated on the cover of this number of the Bulletin, which he called "After the Reception." Mr. Phelps purchased this soon after its completion, and shortly before his death expressed his desire to present it to the Institute as a joint gift from Mrs. Phelps and himself.The painting represents a bride who, fatigued by the wedding festivities, has sunk upon a seat, her bouquet crushed in her lap. Its color is distinguished, the delicate tones of the dress, the flowers, and the upper part of the wall contrasting effectively with the dark green of the seat and curtain. As an early Volk, and through its association in the minds of many with the earlier days of the Society, this beautiful painting will have especial interest to Minneapolitans, and, as another evidence of the deep personal interest which Mr. Phelps took in the artistic life of the city, it is even more important.The painting now hangs with other American paintings in Gallery C-3.Referenced Work of Art
  1. After the Reception by Douglas Volk. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Phelps
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Source: "Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Phelps Present Painting by Douglas Volk," <i>The Minneapolis Institute of Arts Bulletin</i> 12, no. 8 (November, 1923): 62.
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