Monday, February 27, 2012
Low was the first director of the New Britain Museum of American Art. He was a Hawaiian who was sent to a Connecticut prep school, which he hated. He ran away and enrolled in the Museum School in Boston, where his passion for art emerged, as did his knack for cultivating relationships with rich folks. He married the daughter of a rich New Britain family and moved there to build his art career. This mural was painted in the 1930s, Low's first decade in New Britain.
A decade later he became the NBMAA's director. When he began, the collection had 24 paintings. By the time he died in 1964 after 25 years as director, the museum had more than 1500 works of art.
This is linked to Monday Mural.