By C. W. Clark
The 5 sketchbooks and twenty-two unmarried drawings catalogued during this quantity, lots of them for the 1st time, are one of the greater than 2000 artistic endeavors gathered via Robert Lehman and his father, Philip Lehman, that when you consider that 1975 were housed within the Robert Lehman Wing of The Metropolitan Museum of artwork.
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O n a s p r i n g d ay Grace had triumphed. ”1 Major museums were buying her work, as well as high-profile people like Nelson Rockefeller and the playwright William Inge. She was the only woman and youngest artist included in a groundbreaking Museum of Modern Art exhibition of Abstract Expressionist painting that toured eight European cities in 1958–59. 2 Despite the accolades, Grace felt unsettled. 4 She was also losing the sense of community that had buoyed her during the early fifties in her drafty loft on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
24 But she was young, intelligent, vivacious, and pretty—a tall blonde with a curvaceous figure—and she was about to find a mentor. † Bataan is the province in the Philippines that became notorious for the “death march” of American and Filipino forces by the victorious Japanese in 1942. ‡ Now Section 8 housing, this building, with ornate vintage molding on its facade, is a likely candidate for the apartment where Grace spent despairing months in the mid-forties. We don’t know the address because she was not listed in the Newark city directory of 1943 (no directory was printed in 1944).
19 A sense of entitlement permeated both sides of the Orvis family. 20 Grace never got along with her mother, who narcissistically bestowed both her first and middle names on her eldest daughter. ” Even the word mother made her think of smother, she said. Some women are good mothers. ”23 The standoff between mother and daughter was exacerbated by the Great Depression, which made serious inroads into the family’s finances. Grace’s father—now an auditor at the Guarantee Trust Company of New York24— kept his job, but his pay was cut several times.