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Still Life on The Palette

Photo: Paul Macapia

Still Life on The Palette


John Covert

Born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1882; died Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1960

Crayon and oil on paperboard
17 x 17in. (43.2 x 43.2cm)
Gift of Paul Denby Mackie in memory of Kathleen Lawler and Nona Lawler Mackie
Provenance: The artist to Kathleen Lawler (1881-1952), probably 1923; by bequest to her sister, Nona Lawler Mackie, Bellevue, Washington, 1952; by bequest to her husband, Paul Denby Mackie, Bellevue, Washington; to Seattle Art Museum, 1959
Photo: Paul Macapia
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistoryAmerican Federation of Arts, "Debating American Modernism: Stieglitz and Duchamp, 1915-1927", January 24, 2003 - November 30, 2003, Venues: Georgia Okeeffe Museum, Des Moines Art Center, Terra Museum of Art

Dallas, Texas, Dallas Museum for Contemporary Art, American Genius in Review # 1 [Murphy, Schamberg, Benrimo, Russell, Covert], May 11-June 19, 1960. Cat. no. 24, reproduced.

Albuquerque, New Mexico, University Art Museum, University of New Mexico, Cubism; Its Impact in the U.S.A. 1910-1930 (San Antonio, Texas, Marion Koogler McNay Art Institute, April 9-May 7, 1967; San Francisco, San Francisco Museum of Art, May 17-June 25; Los Angeles, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, August 1-27). No cat. no., p. 20.

Washington, D.C., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, John Covert, 1882-1960, September 16-November 14, 1976. Cat. no. 24, p. 58, reproduced p. 15, fig 2.

Published ReferencesKlein, Michael, "John Covert and the Arensberg Circle: Symbolism, Cubism, and Protosurrealism," Arts Magazine 51, no. 9 (May 1977): p. 114, reproduced p. 113, fig. 7.

Lycette, Diana Yates. "John Covert, American Dadist," M.A. Thesis, University of Washignton, 1973, pp. 30-31, 35, reproduced plate 21.

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