Her Amazing Story 137 Years Later
At the time of her death in 1962 at the age of 83, Wilhelmina’s body of works were shipped to Texas from New York and remained hidden for over fifty years while art history Professor Emeritus James K. Kettlewell, of Harvard, Skidmore College, and former Curator of The Hyde Collection, searched for her work – even assigning students the task. In the foreword to The Treasured Collection of Golden Heart Farm, professor Kettlewell examines her work and style just as he has since 1962. Over the years since the paintings were lost to the New York arts communities, Professor Kettlewell held exhibitions from 1966 to 1994, locating about 40 of Weber’s paintings that remained throughout New York State. Stored under a family bed as they had been for over 50 years these important paintings were almost lost during Hurricane Katrina. Thanks to the rescue of two family cats Mr. Weber thought to remove the paintings before his home was devastated. It was not until the summer of 2012 from Stockholm, Sweden when Clint Weber, the great-grand-nephew of Wilhelmina Weber Furlong, was completing research for the biography of his great relative that he located the esteemed professor. When the two met in Saratoga Springs, New York it was an emotional experience, and they have now both dedicated their lives to telling the story of this amazing American woman modernist. The two have been on a quest to locate the remaining students and friends of Wilhelmina Weber Furlong from between 1948 and 1962 and they have now interviewed over sixteen people in high definition video one, of whom passed away shortly after the interview. They are currently hard at work cataloging and preserving all that remains of Weber Furlong’s belongings from Golden Heart Farm in Bolton Landing, New York, a place professor Kettlewell visited while Wilhelmina Weber Furlong was still alive. He always knew her story would one day come to the forefront!
In today’s light Wilhelmina Weber Furlong is now recognized as the first American woman modernist. “A blend of creative color, style, and bold imagery” are words still used to describe Weber Furlong’s significant body of work. Wilhelmina’s powerful technique captures the true essence of a subject, bringing to life qualities that influenced many other early American modernists within the movement. Her work has appeared in numerous museum galleries and private collections worldwide since 1895. Wilhelmina was known for a warm outgoing personality that managed to bring out the depth of her subjects. View Wilhelmina’s significant body of historical work, and you will understand why she is now in such high demand as one of Manhattans original female modernist painters.
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