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Millionaires and Mechanics, Bootleggers and Flappers: Speaking of "The Great Gatsby"

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January 22 – March 17, 2013

“The Roaring Twenties” as represented in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby, the book selected for the second annual UConn Reads program, was a gilded age marked by overt displays of wealth, widespread urbanization, and dizzying modernity. This exhibition of early 20th-century paintings and works on paper from the Museum’s permanent collection gives visual form to the era in which Fitzgerald’s story of Jay Gatsby and his dark secret unfolds. Featured works include paintings by Reginald Marsh and Everett Shinn, photographs by Paul Stand, and prints by Peggy Bacon and Edward Hopper.

Adolf Dehn (American, 1895-1968). We Nordics, 1931. Lithograph. 13-3/4 x 11-1/4 inches. Gift of Andrew and Andrea Lowe.

Adolf Dehn (American, 1895-1968). We Nordics, 1931. Lithograph. 13-3/4 x 11-1/4 inches. Gift of Andrew and Andrea Lowe.

Walt Kuhn (American, 1880-1949). Study for Bareback Rider, 1926. Oil on board. 36 x 24-3/4 inches. Gift of Helen Benton Boley.

Walt Kuhn (American, 1880-1949). Study for Bareback Rider, 1926. Oil on board. 36 x 24-3/4 inches. Gift of Helen Benton Bol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edward Hopper (American, 1882-1967). Night Shadows, 1921. Etching. 6-7/8 x 8-1/4 inches. The Louise Crombie Beach Memorial Fund.

Edward Hopper (American, 1882-1967). Night Shadows, 1921. Etching. 6-7/8 x 8-1/4 inches. The Louise Crombie Beach Memorial Fund.

 

 

 

 

Everett Shinn, The Dancer, 1909, oil on board. Gift of Charles and Marjorie Benton.

Everett Shinn, The Dancer, 1909, oil on board. Gift of Charles and Marjorie Benton.

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