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MBA alumna donates realist artwork to Loyola’s Julio Fine Arts Gallery

| By Stephanie Weaver

Patricia Finch, MBA ’83, recently donated a collection of realist paintings to Loyola University Maryland’s Julio Fine Arts Gallery.

Finch and her deceased husband, Walter, collected local Baltimore art, particularly art by realists who learned from Jacques Maroger, a French painter who moved to Baltimore in 1940 and remained in the city until his death in 1962. Maroger is known for being a realist painter – wanting to paint the world as it looks – during a time of abstract expression.

Maroger was in Paris when he met Alice Warder Garrett, mistress of the Evergreen House, now the Evergreen Museum and Library. Garrett became Maroger’s patron and student. In 1940, Maroger came to Baltimore and taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art. After Garrett’s death in the early 1950s, Maroger relocated to the studio Garrett had built on her estate. Today, this studio – behind the Evergreen House – is used to house classes for Loyola art students.

When Finch learned that Maroger once lived and worked on Loyola’s campus, she knew the paintings should be donated to the University. Finch’s late husband was a native Marylander, and would be proud to know the art went to a Baltimore institution.

“Art is something to be shared – not something to keep in your own house. I hope others benefit from it and enjoy it,” Finch said.

Works in this exhibit include works by Maroger and his devotees known as the Baltimore Realists, including Ann Didusch Schuler, Frank Redelius, and third generation Baltimore Realists Mary Jane Lawhon, David Zuccarini, and David Good. Finch donated a total of 23 paintings by the Baltimore Realists. Loyola owned a Maroger painting from a previous donation.

The paintings are on display in the gallery and can be viewed during gallery hours.

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