We open our 55th Season in Naples with a solo exhibition for Herman Maril - "Aspects of the Figure, Artwork from 1932-1985).
Herman Maril was born in 1908 in Baltimore and pursued
art from an early age with formal training at the Maryland
Institute of Fine Arts. After working on federal art projects during
the Depression and serving in World War II, he began a 30 -year
period as an art professor at the University of Maryland, College
Park. Today, the student gallery and work-on-paper library research
room at University of Maryland are named in his honor.
Maril did much of his painting in Baltimore or during summers
on Cape Cod, Massachusetts where he was discovered by Duncan
Phillips, founder of the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC.
The Phillips Collection has 13 works by Maril in their permanent
collection – all can be viewed online on the
Phillips Collection website .
Early fans of Maril’s work included Eleanor Roosevelt (who
displayed his sketch of Baltimore harbor in the White House) and
Vice President Nelson Rockefeller (who kept a Maril canvas in
his Washington DC mansion). Walter Mondale selected a Maril
painting from the Smithsonian American Art Museum to hang in
his office when he was Vice President.
During his lifetime, Maril received critical acclaim and numerous
awards from around the country. Today, Maril is in the permanent
collections of over 60 museums including the Whitney Museum of
American Art, Boston Museum Of Fine Arts, Smithsonian American
Art Museum, Butler Institute of American Art, The Provincetown
Art Association Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Baltimore
Museum, American Academy of Arts and Letters, Walters Art
Museum, and the Loos Gallery at the Golisano Children’s Museum
The human figure is present throughout his life’s works and
though he often remarked how he would enjoy an exhibition of the
figure in his work, it never happened until now. Maril had more
than fifty solo exhibitions at galleries and museums during his
lifetime and another fifty since his passing. While figurative work
was included in virtually every Herman Maril exhibition, his dream
of a show dedicated to the figure is finally being realized.
Maril developed a sparse, but lyrical style of American
modernism. He eloquently reduced figures and objects to their
essence, conveying beauty in simplicity. While primarily Cubist, he
achieved a style unique to him and instantly recognizable as ‘Maril’.
Herman Maril is Baltimore’s gift to the visual arts and that gift is
still unfolding, as can be witnessed by the lists of museum/gallery
exhibitions and acquisitions to permanent public collections. This
progressive acclaim for Maril’s work has been consistently spreading
over ninety years.
Works can be viewed online on our Facebook page. Harmon-Meek Gallery is open Monday –
Friday, 10am to 5pm and by appointment. You can also visit us at Harmon-Meek|modern,
where many of the artists we represent are exhibited in a group show.
We offer private showings of a wide selection of works by the artists we represent. We provide private art consultation and can bring works to your home or office within Southwest Florida.
During the season we show new exhibitions regularly starting in November and running through April. Please contact us for more information.
"Esta at the Beach" by Herman Maril
oil on canvas, 20"x24", 1958