Louis Bunce on Paper

Luckily there is still PLENTY of time for you to get to this stunning little show, part one of the Louis Bunce season at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art this winter, sequestered on the second floor in the print study room.  This show opened November 5th and will run until January 29th…only overlapping with the big show of Bunce’s paintings (opening lecture January 20th, 2017 through March 26, 2017) for a week.  In many ways I think that is a better idea because you’ll really enjoy some quiet time with these beautiful small paintings and prints…and it gives you two reasons to visit this lovely museum.


Since the curator/biographer lives here, I’ve had a close dialog with Louis and his work for two years now…the monograph accompanying the show is splendid…



Knee surgery kept me away from the show until today and I have to say…I was amazed at the beauty of these works.  This little gouache from 1941 is just lovely…


even with my terrible iPhone photo!   Here’s the seriagraph of 1941 “yard”


The 1941 gouache on paper, “The Bird”…


“Garden, 1948 seriagraph…


1947 “Night Fragment”, a seriagraph….


this 1947 study (never executed) for a mural at the Green Spot, gouache.


small crayon and pencil drawings from the 1940’s


“Machine”, 1970, mixed media on paper.


All of the work in this show demonstrates the true thing about this artist…he knew how to work.  These pieces are all nuanced, layered, musical in feeling, sure, nothing extra or wasted.  In short, a rarity to see these days.  A tour de force.  There is an excellent statement by the curator…as well as information-filled labels.


Additionally, there is a charming and informative video loop of Bunce pulling a print with the curator  kindly providing the print hanging on the wall next to the monitor…



If you look at the video note the ever-present cigarette and then look to your left at the woodblock portrait of Bunce by his colleague Jack McLarty…


and wait…here’s the third reason to visit soon…hanging on the temporary wall right now are these three:

Susan Rothenberg, dry point etching and aquatint, 1983…


Sonia Delaunay, 1952, gouache and graphite…


and Jean Arp, 1916, ink on paper…jean-arp-1916-ink-on-paper




  1. I’m not an artist .. and some of these paintings bounce right over my head in meaning.. but I still enjoy looking at them. Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Hi, Bonnie. So glad to hear that your surgery went well and you’re up and around. And what a wonderful exhibit after such hard work by R. I immensely enjoyed your photos. Wishing you a happy holiday season! Best, nadia

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