Catalog #: SF_0912
Heckscher Museum of Art
Tufts show, 1992. “Rediscovering Slobodkina: A Pioneer of American Abstraction,” Heckscher Museum, Huntington NY, Dec 2008-Mar 2009,
Samuel P. Harn Art Museum, Gainesville, FL, Jun 16 – Sept 6, 2009;
Naples Museum of Art, Naples, FL, Oct 1 – Dec 29, 2009.
Sheldon Museum of Art, Licoln Nebraska, Jan-April 2010.
8 1/2 2 x 12 7/8
While living in Harbin, Manchuria in Northeastern China, Slobodkina studied with the Impressionist painter Pavel Goost. She painted Park Bench under his tutelage. Slobodkina took lessons with Goost in order to pass the art entrance examinations at the Ilnd Realnoye Oochilische, a junior school high school that emphasized math and art (Tufts University Art Gallery, The Life and Art of Esphyr Slobodkina, 1992, p.8). “Park Bench” represents one of Slobodkina’s early attempts at art. Reproduced in Notes for an Autobiographer,Volume I, plate XIV. She calls it “Garden Walk”