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Collection Tri-Kappa
Catalog Number 1999.001.063
Title The Picnic
Artist Davis, Harry A.
Object Name painting
Date 1949
Description Original oil depiction of a picnic party.
THE PICNIC
Hoosier Salon 1950 $375.00
Harry_ A. David
(191~ )
No. 31
011
34 X 24
This painting has life, spirit and action… with light, flooding through the grove of trees on the people seated at the picnic table … the people represented any celebrating a vacation (perhaps Fourth of July) with all the zest that picnicking Americans can show … one can also visualize the bucket of feed cokes behind the trees … Born In Hillsboro … educated at the John Herron Art Institute…. won the Prix de Rome In 1938, entered the Ac In and In 1941 became a Fellow of the American Academy of Rome … Indiana Ac elected him a member In 1971 … Artist-in-residence at Beloit College, Wisconsin … Professor of Painting and Drawing at Herron School of Art … Paintings are In the collections of Ball State University, Muncie; DePauw University, Greencastle; Herron Museum of Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art, American Fletcher National Bank, Indiana National Bank, Indiana Museum of Medical History In Indianapolis; Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown Ohio; Marietta College, Ohio; Carroll Reese Museum,
Johnson City, Tennessee; Springfield Art Museum, Missouri; and numerous private collections … works with a precise pointillist technique in acrylic paint with his subject usually figures or old buildings.
Provenance Purchased in 1950 from the Hoosier Salon.

Born in Hillsboro Indiana in 1914, he moved to Brownsburg in 1920. He entered Herron School of Art in 1933 and earned his BFA in 1938, the same year he won Prix de Rome in Painting. Harry taught at Herron for a number of years. His work and style varied by decades, beginning with his work in the 1930's, which has been categorized by art critics as regionalist in style; capturing life in the Midwest. Through the 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s, Harry's work evolved, and when he retired from teaching at the Herron Art School in 1983, he hit the ground running as a commercial artist, exhibiting his art all over Indiana and the Midwest, receiving broad acclaim for his style and execution, becoming the only artist in the history of the Hoosier Salon (begun 1925) to win the Best of Show award ten times.
Medium oil on board
Dimensions H-19.75 W-23.75 inches
Catalog date 1999-12-10