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  • Renaissance Woman in Asia:
    Florance Waterbury and Her Gifts of Asian Art

    Lady with a Red Box, Chinese, 18th century

    May 13 - August 20, 2017
    Japanese Gallery

    Painter, world traveler, collector, and noted Chinese art scholar describe the diverse roles and interests of Florance Waterbury. Rising to prominence with a 1922 one-woman show in New York as a still-life painter, many of which depicted Southeast and East Asian objects she collected during her travels, her fascination with Asia slowly transformed from its visual forms to its art historical study. With the publication of her important study on Chinese ritual bronzes in 1942 Waterbury became a recognized scholar. During this time she began giving several gifts to the Worcester Art Museum, many of which helped shape the Museum's early Chinese art collection. This exhibition includes a selection of Asian paintings she gave to the Museum.

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    Image: Lady with a Red Box, Chinese, 18th century, Qing dynasty (1644-1912), silk, 180.6 x 83.2 cm (71 1/8 x 32 3/4 in.), Overall: 276.9 x 104.7 cm (109 x 41 1/4 in.), Gift of Miss Florance Waterbury, 1957.157

    Related Event:

    Master Series Third Thursday
    May 18, 2017

    Speaker: Vivian Li, Assistant Curator of Asian Art, Worcester Art Museum