1st Floor

Wood Sculpture by Tom Piccolo

Wood SculptureThe Wood Sculpture by Tom Piccolo was donated by Allan Saxe on October 21, 1983.

Born in Connecticut, Piccolo was trained in Texas and lives and works in Dallas. Piccolo attended both Texas Tech in Lubbock and North Texas State in Denton. His first sculpture was shown in the Fall of 1974 at the North Texas Regional.

In addition to wood, Tom Piccolo also carves in stone, silver and gold. A variety of tools is used by Piccolo when carving in wood. Chain saws, pocket knives, files, hatchets, chisels and electric equipment are utilized.

Each piece is hand finished with extremely high - grit sand paper, followed by application of multiple coats of oil and a final coating of paste wax. Usually the wood is left its original color. Map it!

Tom J. Vandergriff Bronze

Bronze statue by Ora Lee Small - 1987. Map it!

Tom J. Vandergriff Bronze

2nd Floor

Blue Figure by David Keens

Blue FigureAn original David Keens glass sculpture is on public display at the Arlington Municipal Building, 101 W. Abram St.

The sculpture entitled, Blue Figure, was procured by the Leadership Arlington Class of 2006-07. It was donated to the City of Arlington by the Arts and Culture Team of the graduating class.

David Keens is an internationally recognized artist who has taught at UT-Arlington since 1974. He is responsible for building the university's prestigious art glass program within the Department of Art and Art History.

He has received many distinguished awards including the National Endowment for the Arts Craftsman Fellowship and the Outstanding Creative Activity/Research Award. His work is exhibited in major museums and galleries around the world.

According to Leadership Arlington 2006-2007 President Joe Bruner, the exhibit helps to increase public awareness and appreciation of the beauty and quality of artwork by local artists. The public can see more gallery art in the new Studio Arts Center located on the UT-Arlington campus.

Special Note: The Blue Figure is secured in a glass case and located on the third floor of City Hall in downtown Arlington. Map it!

Portrait De Famille, Quatre Personnages by Pablo Picasso

Portrait De Famille, Quatre Personnages

Gifted to the City by Allan Saxe, this numbered (23/50) original lithograph is hand signed in blue crayon by Pablo Picasso and in display on the third floor of City Hall across the City Council Briefing Room. The “Portrait De Famille, Quatre Personnages” lithograph is approximately 45.4″ x 58.1″ and was limited to 50 prints. This is the last in a series of five lithographs that Picasso made in summer 1962 after a drawing by the French artist Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780-1867). Picasso was a great admirer of Ingres, whose work he would have encountered in the Louvre in Paris from the time of his first visits to the city in the early years of the twentieth century. Known as the academic artist par excellence, Ingres appealed to Picasso for his classicism, based on the observation and copying of antiquities and ancient masters that the adolescent Picasso had been taught at the Spanish art schools he had attended in the 1890s. Indeed an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Ingres at the Salon d'Automne in 1905 was said to have overwhelmed the young Spaniard with envy for the “linear mastery of Ingres's drawings.” At the time, Ingres was praised for legitimizing his revolutionary efforts in composition through his seamless blend with tradition; as Picasso looked beyond his classical heritage and worked at formal simplification over the subsequent years, he never forgot the academic training that underpins even his most abstracted and formally deconstructed images. Indeed at the time of his Cubist inventions in 1910-11, photographs taken in his Paris studio show a large reproduction of Ingres's most famous painting, La Grande Odalisque 1814 (Louvre Museum, Paris) attached to the wall. Picasso shared with the older artist-whom he always referred to as Monsieur Ingres-two enduring central themes: the female nude and the portrait. Portraiture had constituted the subject of Picasso's first solo exhibition in Barcelona; in 1911 in Paris another major exhibition of Ingres's work included nearly 120 of his exquisitely drawn portraits which seem to have fired the younger artist's imagination, pushing him to new levels of experimentation with linear reduction in classical representation, producing numerous elegantly simplified portraits of his friends drawn with Ingres's sensual, delicate and sinuous line.

The nineteenth century master's influence on Picasso continued throughout the 1920s-during his neo-classical phase-and into the 1930s, when the figure of Marie-Thérèse Walter (1909-77) inspired a return to a focus on the nude. However, Ingres then disappeared as a visible influence on Picasso until summer 1962, when he created this group of family portraits after a drawing by Ingres which he would have known well from memory as it hung in the Louvre: The Forestier Family of 1806, showing Ingres's fiancée Julie Forestier, with both her parents, an uncle and the family maid. It is one of the best known of the graphic portraits by Ingres in the Louvre collection for the delicacy of the drawing and the placement of the figures in the composition. Ingres drew the family portrait when he had to leave his fiancée in Paris and spend four years at the French Academy in Rome (the Villa Medici) after winning the Prix de Rome in 1801. Once he had left, the pair decided to separate and Julie returned the drawing to the artist, who copied it. Ingres married Madeleine Chapelle, a young milliner, in 1813.

By 1962 when Picasso created this series of lithographs, he was eighty years old and living in relative isolation from the Paris art world in a villa in the hills above Cannes with his young wife Jacqueline Roque (1927-1986) whom he had married the previous year. No longer considered an innovator in art, as new fashions had taken central stage he had entered his ‘old master phase', looking to the art of past masters for his motifs. As he contemplated his own complex and extended family group, he perhaps re-identified himself with one of his oldest artistic mentors and sources of inspiration: Monsieur Ingres. However, Picasso's reference to the older artist's work is far from straightforward. The four figures in this print have been radically repositioned in relation to Ingres's original to suggest a very different narrative. Whereas Ingres's drawing logically places his fiancée in the centre of the image, where she stands, flanked by her seated parents on either side, Picasso has positioned the older couple centrally from where they look forward directly at the viewer. The young woman in his lithograph stands at the left side of the image looking over her parents' heads at a young man who returns her gaze-albeit with a somewhat arrogant expression-from the other side. This oppositional placement is a common tactic in Picasso's prints, with great dynamic effect, suggesting a narrative that is hidden from the viewer, a subtext to the otherwise apparently innocent family portrait. The figures are delineated with the sparest of line-almost a scribble-that nonetheless succeeds admirably in describing the essential detail: the facial expressions of the four characters, which subversively transform Ingres's earnest image into a social satire. Viewed in profile, the young woman appears wistful but gormless, as is suggested by her receding chin and small head. In contrast, the young man's outthrust jaw, prominent chin and frowning eye evoke a man of determination. And staring through small round glasses, the seated maternal figure has a sternness altogether lacking from her husband's more placid face.

Family Portrait V (Quatre personnages) was created on July 6th 1962. The lithograph was printed on Arches wove with Arches watermark by Fernand Mourlot in his Paris workshop in an edition of fifty and published by Galerie Simon (Kahnweiler) in Paris. This impression is an additional artist's proof printed by Mourlot at the same time.

Settling In by Norman Rockwell

Settling InGifted to the City by Allan Saxe, this original artist's proof (annotated “AP” at the lower left) lithograph is hand signed by Norman Rockwell and in display on the third floor of City Hall across the City Council Briefing Room. The “Settling In” lithograph is approximately 26″ x 20″ and was limited to 200 prints.

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) An enormously popular illustrator, American artist Norman Rockwell specialized in warm and humorous scenes of everyday small-town life. The cover of The Saturday Evening Post was Norman Rockwell's showcase for over forty years, giving him an audience larger than that of any other artist in history. Over the years he depicted there a unique collection of Americana, a series of vignettes of remarkable warmth and humor. In addition, Norman Rockwell painted a great number of pictures for story illustrations, advertising campaigns, posters, collotypes, calendars, and books. As Rockwell's personal contribution during World War II, Rockwell painted the famous “Four Freedoms” posters, symbolizing for millions the war aims as described by President Franklin Roosevelt. One version of Norman Rockwell's “Freedom of Speech” painting is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Swift Dog Standing Rock Sioux by Leonard Baskin

Swift Dog Standing Rock SiouxGifted to the City by Allan Saxe, this numbered (114/160) original lithograph is hand signed by Leonard Baskin and in display on the third floor of City Hall across the City Council Briefing Room. The “Standing Rock Sioux” lithograph is approximately 45.4″ x 58.1″ and was limited to 160 prints.

Baskin was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey. While he was a student at Yale University, he founded Gehenna Press, a small private press specializing in fine book production. From 1953 until 1974, he taught printmaking and sculpture at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Subsequently Baskin also taught at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.

In 1955, he was one of eleven New York artists featured in the opening exhibition at the Terrain Gallery. In 1966 he was featured in the documentary, “Images of Leonard Baskin” by American filmmaker Warren Forma.

He died at age 77 on June 3, 2000, in Northampton, where he resided. The Art Institute of Portland has a memorial to him.