The Birds and the Bees:
Baltimore Realist Painters &
Ralph Wright Photography
May 26 – August 11
Jacques Maroger (1884-1962) was a painter and the Technical Director of the Laboratory of the Louvre, in Paris. There Maroger met Alice Warder Garrett, mistress of Evergreen House. Mrs. Garrett became Maroger’s patron and student. In 1939, Jacques Maroger immigrated to New York City where he taught at the Art Students League. The following year he came to Baltimore and from 1940 to 1959 taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art. In 1954, two years after Mrs. Garrett died, Maroger relocated to Baltimore and moved into the studio that Mrs. Garrett had built on her estate. Today, this studio is located on the Loyola University MD campus (behind Evergreen House) and is used by Loyola art students. At a time when abstract expressionism was prevalent, Maroger promoted the techniques of the old masters and the importance of drawing from life. A group of art students became Maroger devotees and were known as the Baltimore Realists. The first generation of the Realists included Ann Didusch Schuler, Joseph Sheppard and Franklin Redelius. Works in this exhibit Include works by Jacques Maroger, Ann Didusch Schuler, Frank Redelius, and third generation Baltimore Realists, Mary Jane Lawhon, David Zuccarini and David Good.
Also featured in the Gallery are photographs by Ralph C. Wright (1947-2009). Wright began photographing a broad range of subjects while at the University of Maryland. Wright’s love of nature was life-long and evolved into a successful career as a professional environmentalist at the US Environmental Protection Agency. Upon retirement, he took up the camera again to recapture his love of nature, especially birds. He travelled extensively throughout the US, including Alaska, and his photographs have been featured by the National Audubon Society, Audubon Naturalist Society, the American Bird Conservancy, the National Zoo, Buck’s County Audubon Society, and others. He believed in photographing nature “as it really is” and thus used only film. All of his photos remain unaltered and without digital manipulation.