A local artist had been tracking a painting belonging to St. Louis public schools for over a year. He calls it, and other works of art, a “treasure” that the neighborhood didn’t know it had.
Ryan Greis of Eureka was interested in “Yacht Harbor” by realist artist Frank Duveneck, which was shown at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. Duveneck had, like Greis, lived in Cincinnati although a century earlier.
The Cincinnati Art Museum has some 90 pieces by Duveneck, who died in 1919. A recent exhibition at the museum called the artist “the recognized father of American art.”
While researching three paintings by Duveneck on display at the World’s Fair, Greis discovered where two can be found now. But he couldn’t explain one.
“I was a gadfly and I was trying to find this painting that was escaping me,” he says.
He learned that “Yacht Harbor” had been lost and found at least twice. In 1936, The New York Times wrote a story with a date from St. Louis: “A dust-covered oil painting that was hung, forgotten in a dark corner of an elementary school building here for decades. years, can be worth $ 10,000.
The original purchase price for the painting in 1902 was $ 300. It was one of six paintings acquired to educate Saint-Louis school children in art and purchased with $ 790 raised by public subscription.