Lot 383: 7 Douglas Volk Checks
October 29, 2016
Wells, ME, USA
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Description: Seven signed bank checks by the noted artist Douglas Volk. These dated 1909-1921. S. Douglas Volk [1856-1935] He helped establish the Minneapolis School of Fine Arts . After 1904 he and his wife Marion created an artists' retreat at their family home, Hewnoaks, in Maine. She became active in the production of woolen textiles and rugs by traditional processes, and formed a group called Sabatos. Volk was a working artist and teacher. He taught at Cooper Union (1879-94; 1908-12), the New York Art Students League, and the National Academy of Design in New York City. He also taught at the Society for Ethical Culture established by Felix Adler. He was a founder of the Minneapolis School of Fine Art, now known as the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He participated in the 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition and won his first major award there. Volk became noted for his figure and portrait paintings. He was elected to the National Academy of Design in 1899. Examples of Volk's work are found in most American collections, for example in the Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; in the Corcoran Gallery at Washington, D.C.; in the Pittsfield Museum; in the Minnesota Capitol; in the National Museum at Washington; in the Montclair, New Jersey, Art Museum; in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; in the National Arts Club; in the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery; in the Muskegon, Michigan, Art Museum; in the Omaha Art Museum and in the Portland, Maine, Art Society; and other places. Douglas Volk was known for his portraits of Abraham Lincoln, one used on postage stamp. One of Volk's most famous Lincoln portraits hangs in ther Lincoln bedroom in The White House. It hangs on the north wall and is based on a bust his father (Leonard Volk) had done from real life. The actor Richard Dreyfess reported having scary dreams about the portrait of Mr. Lincoln that hangs in the room. The picture of Volk is NOT included here.
Condition Report: VG