Morgan Russell and Stanton Macdonald-Wright founded Synchromism (which means “with color”), a movement in which color becomes an independent expressive and formal element, in 1912 and held their first exhibitions in Munich and Paris the following year. This hand-painted exhibition poster advertised their show at the Bernheim-Jeune gallery in Paris from October 27 to November 8, 1913. Russell signed this painting in the lower right corner. The S-curve of twisting planes of color contains more tension than the soft curve of the forms in the Munich poster (VF2015.05.11).
These posters were affixed to walls and kiosks in those cities and were soon removed as souvenirs by passersby.
Estate of the Artist;
Louis Sol, Aigremont, France;
Benjamin F. Garber with William C. Agee acting as agent;
Henry M. Reed, Caldwell, NJ;
[Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM];
Private Collection, Dallas, TX;
[The Owings Gallery, Santa Fe, NM];
Jan T. and Marica Vilcek Collection, New York, NY, 2010;
Montclair, NJ. Montclair Art Museum. Morgan Russell: The Origins of a Modern Masterpiece (January 25, 1998-April 26, 1998); Philadelphia. The Museum of American Art of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (June 12, 1998-August 23); Huntington, NY. Heckscher Museum of Art (September 5, 1998-November 15, 1998); pp. 7, 68, 70, 208, ill. p. 70 pl. 41, cat. no. 29.
New York. Hollis Taggart Galleries. Synchromism: Morgan Russell and Stanton Macdonald-Wright. May 1-28, 1999, pp. 6, 7, 24, ill. p. 7, pl. 2.
New York. The Vilcek Foundation. With Color. May 16, 2013.
Corpus Christi. The Art Museum of South Texas. Masterpieces of American Modernism from the Vilcek Collection of American Art. September 13, 2018-January 6, 2019.