Again, the variety of styles is striking... We have a very painterly work of George Fearnside, then a group figural piece that almost brings to mind the work of Thomas Hart Benton with a bright palette and numerous figures at work. Finally we finish with a very realistic portrait of Professor Crum. He was Head of the Department of Classical Languages at Lehigh U.
|Georrge Fearnside by Francis J. Quirk Oil on Linen Image provided by Lehigh University|
|The Fishermen by Francis J. Quirk Oil on Canvas Image provided by Lehigh University|
Earlier, we mentioned that this painting was reminiscent of Thomas Hart Benton. While the handling of the paint and forms is different, the color and composition have some similarities. See the Benton image below. The figures are in both pictures are in motion, all in different positions with brightly colored clothing.
|Painting by Thomas Hart Benton|
The portrait of Professor Crum was presented to him in1959 and it is very well executed in a classic pose. This pose looked familiar to us and we realized it is similar to the painting that started all this research- the portrait of Mark S. Hatfield "The Summer Pastor"
|Earl Laverne Crum by Francis J. Quirk Oil on Canvas Image provided by Lehigh University|
|The Summer Pastor by Francis Quirk painted in 1944|
|Comparison of Quirk Portraits He liked this view. Then again, how many different ways can you paint a portrait?|