Herman and Bessie Wessel Collection

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Herman and Bessie Wessel Collection
Cincinnati Art Galleries
Thu, Nov 21, 2019
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Herman and Bessie Wessel Collection
Cincinnati Art Galleries
Fri, Nov 22, 2019
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Herman and Bessie Wessel Collection
Cincinnati Art Galleries
Sat, Nov 23, 2019
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Herman and Bessie Wessel Collection
Cincinnati Art Galleries
Mon, Nov 25, 2019
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Herman and Bessie Wessel Collection
Cincinnati Art Galleries
Tue, Nov 26, 2019
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

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Cincinnati Art Galleries is pleased to announce an historically important exhibition highlighting the works of Cincinnati artists Herman and Bessie Wessel featuring paintings from the Helen Wessel Estate opening Friday, October 25th from 5-8pm through Nov. 27th. Helen was the wife of Robert Wessel, the only son of Bessie and Herman Wessel. This is a special opportunity to acquire paintings by these important Cincinnati artists who were the favorite students Frank Duveneck. On view and offered for sale for the first time will be over sixty paintings by Herman and Bessie Wessel from the estate including twenty of Bessie’s signature “window shade” paintings.
 
Bessie Wessel and Herman Wessel received their early education through the Cincinnati Art Academy among figures such as Frank Duveneck, Lewis Henry Meakin. Bessie and Herman married and traveled abroad in summers and worked in Cincinnati for the remainder of their lives. Following the death of Frank Duveneck, Wessel became an authority on authenticating his paintings, a result of their close friendship and her time spent under his tutelage. Bessie Wessel was appointed to the faculty of the Art Academy in 1915, having become well-known for her skilled portrait and miniature paintings. Bessie married Herman Wessel, a colleague at the Art Academy, in 1917, at Duveneck’s cottage in Gloucester, MA. Bessie decided to not continue teaching after returning to Cincinnati. Instead, she served as the president of the Woman’s Art Club, working to increase public recognition of, and professional support for, female artists in Cincinnati. She returned to painting professionally in the mid-1920s, concentrating in portraiture, completing over two hundred portraits before she died. Throughout her career, Bessie chose not to compete professionally with her husband’s work, taking a more modest stance in relation to his talent. However, several critics claimed that Bessie exhibited notable talent for color choice and composition, and deserved to be considered an artistic equal of her husband’s.
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