Wish You Were Here: Artists on Vacation

June 28 to September 21, 2007
Exhibited in the Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery in Washington, D.C.

This exhibition documents how vacationing artists escaped from their everyday lives.

“Many artists view vacations as a time to get out of the city, to recharge in a new environment with sympathetic souls,” said Liza Kirwin, curator of manuscripts for the Archives of American Art. Getting away, however, does not mean leaving the canvas or sketchbook behind. Artists are always working, Kirwin added, and vacations are habitually regarded as an opportunity to paint, draw and study.

The exhibition includes letters, travel journals, sketchbooks, snapshots, passports and postcards from vacationing artists. Artists include Cecilia Beaux, Sanford Robinson Gifford, Jackson Pollock, John Sloan, Mary Cassatt, and many others.

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Wish You Were Here: Artists on Vacation

Jackson Pollock's passport

Jackson Pollock's passport, 1955 July 21

Creator: United States. Dept. of State.

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Joseph Lindon Smith's passport

Joseph Lindon Smith's passport, 1916

Creator: United States. Dept. of State.

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Joseph Lindon Smith's passport

Joseph Lindon Smith's passport, 1890

Creator: United States. Dept. of State.

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Fairfield Porter's passport

Fairfield Porter's passport, 1931 August 4

Creator: United States. Dept. of State.

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 Edna Andrade: Drawing a Fine Line, Works from the Seventies

Edna Andrade: Drawing a Fine Line, Works from the Seventies , 1999 Nov. 19-Dec. 30

Creator: Locks Gallery (Philadelphia, PA)

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Edna Andrade notebook sheet

Edna Andrade notebook sheet, ca. 1923

Creator: Edna Andrade

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Edna Andrade aboard a steamship

Edna Andrade aboard a steamship, circa 1936-1937

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Sanford Robinson Gifford to Molly Gifford.

Sanford Robinson Gifford to Molly Gifford., Feb. 21, 1869

Creator: Sanford Robinson Gifford

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Sanford Robinson Gifford to Molly Gifford.

Sanford Robinson Gifford to Molly Gifford., July 8, 1869

Creator: Sanford Robinson Gifford

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Eliot Clark in Venice

Eliot Clark in Venice, June 1905

Creator: Lee F. Randolph

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Adolph Gottlieb to Paul Bodin.

Adolph Gottlieb to Paul Bodin., ca. Aug. 11, 1937

Creator: Adolph Gottlieb

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Adolph Gottlieb postcard to Paul Bodin

Adolph Gottlieb postcard to Paul Bodin, 1937 Oct. 27

Creator: Adolph Gottlieb

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Adolph Gottlieb to Paul Bodin.

Adolph Gottlieb to Paul Bodin., June 2, 1938

Creator: Adolph Gottlieb

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Adolph Gottlieb to Paul Bodin.

Adolph Gottlieb to Paul Bodin., ca. June 26, 1938

Creator: Adolph Gottlieb

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Adolph Gottlieb to Paul Bodin.

Adolph Gottlieb to Paul Bodin., ca. July 7, 1941

Creator: Adolph Gottlieb

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Adolph Gottlieb to Paul Bodin.

Adolph Gottlieb to Paul Bodin., ca. July 19, 1944

Creator: Adolph Gottlieb

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Adolph Gottlieb to Paul Bodin.

Adolph Gottlieb to Paul Bodin., ca. July 18, 1945

Creator: Adolph Gottlieb

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Adolph Gottlieb postcard to Paul Bodin

Adolph Gottlieb postcard to Paul Bodin, 1946 May 27

Creator: Adolph Gottlieb

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Adolph Gottlieb to Paul Bodin.

Adolph Gottlieb to Paul Bodin., ca. May 24, 1947

Creator: Adolph Gottlieb

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Adolph Gottlieb to Paul Bodin.

Adolph Gottlieb to Paul Bodin., ca. July 13, 1960

Creator: Adolph Gottlieb

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Esther G. Rolick in the swimming pool aboard the SS Saturnia

Esther G. Rolick in the swimming pool aboard the SS Saturnia, 1948 Sept.

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Felicia Marsh at the beach

Felicia Marsh at the beach, ca. 1940

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Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich

Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich, 1925 Oct. 7

Creator: Reginald Marsh

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Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich

Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich, 1926 June 28

Creator: Reginald Marsh

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Yasuo Kuniyoshi to Lloyd Goodrich

Yasuo Kuniyoshi to Lloyd Goodrich, ca. 1926

Creator: Yasuo Kuniyoshi

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Yasuo Kuniyoshi to Lloyd Goodrich

Yasuo Kuniyoshi to Lloyd Goodrich, ca. 1926

Creator: Yasuo Kuniyoshi

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Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich

Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich, 1926 Feb. 20

Creator: Reginald Marsh

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Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich

Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich, 1926 Jan. 26

Creator: Reginald Marsh

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Reginald Marsh postcard to Lloyd Goodrich

Reginald Marsh postcard to Lloyd Goodrich, 1926

Creator: Reginald Marsh

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Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich

Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich, ca. 1926

Creator: Reginald Marsh

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Betty Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich

Betty Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich, ca. 1926

Creator: Betty Marsh

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Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich

Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich, 1936 July 31

Creator: Reginald Marsh

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Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich

Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich, 1926 July 2

Creator: Reginald Marsh

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Reginald Marsh postcard to Lloyd Goodrich

Reginald Marsh postcard to Lloyd Goodrich, circa 1930

Creator: Reginald Marsh

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Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich

Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich, ca. 1926

Creator: Reginald Marsh

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Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich

Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich, 1926 Aug. 1

Creator: Reginald Marsh

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Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich

Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich, 1926 July 28

Creator: Reginald Marsh

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Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich

Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich, 1926 July 24

Creator: Reginald Marsh

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Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich

Reginald Marsh to Lloyd Goodrich, 1926 July 28

Creator: Reginald Marsh

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Walt Kuhn photograph album, Nova Scotia

Walt Kuhn photograph album, Nova Scotia, 1912

Creator: Walt Kuhn

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Nova Scotia Summer diary

Nova Scotia Summer diary, 1912

Creator: Vera Kuhn

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Hermann Dudley Murphy sketchbook of travels through Europe

Hermann Dudley Murphy sketchbook of travels through Europe, between 1892 and 1908

Creator: Hermann Dudley Murphy

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Hermann Dudley Murphy sketchbook of travels through Mexico

Hermann Dudley Murphy sketchbook of travels through Mexico, 1936-1937

Creator: Hermann Dudley Murphy

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Jacob Kainen's passport

Jacob Kainen's passport, 1985 Aug. 18

Creator: United States. Dept. of State.

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Frans Wildenhain's passport

Frans Wildenhain's passport, 1957 Apr. 22

Creator: United States. Dept. of State.

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Marcelle Labaudt's passport

Marcelle Labaudt's passport, 1954

Creator: United States. Dept. of State.

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Ad Reinhardt birthday card to Selina Trieff

Ad Reinhardt birthday card to Selina Trieff, 1955 Feb. 3

Creator: Ad Reinhardt

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Ad Reinhardt Valentine to Selina Trieff

Ad Reinhardt Valentine to Selina Trieff, 1955 Feb. 18

Creator: Ad Reinhardt

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Ad Reinhardt postcard to Selina Trieff

Ad Reinhardt postcard to Selina Trieff, 1957 Oct. 24

Creator: Ad Reinhardt

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Paul Bransom to Helen Ireland Hays

Paul Bransom to Helen Ireland Hays, Feb. 19, 1942

Creator: Paul Bransom

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Aline and Eero Saarinen boating

Aline and Eero Saarinen boating, ca. 1955

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Aline and Eero Saarinen boating

Aline and Eero Saarinen boating, ca. 1955

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Aline and Eero Saarinen

Aline and Eero Saarinen, ca. 1955

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Joseph Lindon Smith letter to his parents

Joseph Lindon Smith letter to his parents, 1891

Creator: Joseph Lindon Smith

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Louis Rhead

Louis Rhead, ca. 1890

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Louis and Marian Bouché

Louis and Marian Bouché, circa 1950

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Cecilia Beaux and two women outdoors

Cecilia Beaux and two women outdoors, ca. 1900

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Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner at the beach

Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner at the beach, ca. 1955

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Jackson Pollock, Clement Greenberg, Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner and an unidentified child at the beach

Jackson Pollock, Clement Greenberg, Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner and an unidentified child at the beach, 1952 July

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Fairfield Porter in Maine

Fairfield Porter in Maine, ca. 1946

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Fairfield Porter with his dog Bruno, Great Spruce Head Island, Maine

Fairfield Porter with his dog Bruno, Great Spruce Head Island, Maine, ca. 1972

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Great Spruce Head Island, Maine

Great Spruce Head Island, Maine, ca. 1970

Creator: Fairfield Porter

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Robert Henri diary

Robert Henri diary, 1891

Creator: Robert Henri

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Palmer Hayden sketchbook of New York and Paris

Palmer Hayden sketchbook of New York and Paris, 1929

Creator: Palmer C. Hayden

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