A Street in Paris_TEST (2015)
University Club of Chicago
Frederic Clay Bartlett, a member of the University Club of Chicago, whose art contributed significantly to the character and quality of the Club see, Franz Schulze, A Heritage: University Club of Chicago 1887-1987, revised edition 1999, esp. ТThe Singular Genius of Frederic BartlettУ, pp.39-45:The son of a millionaire manufacturer, Frederic Clay Bartlett rejected a life of leisure and embarked on the uncertain career path of an artist.
Although he found some personal fame and success as a painter, he is better known today for the remarkable collection of Post-Impressionist paintings he gave to The Art Institute of Chicago in 1926 in memory of his second wife and collecting companion Helen Birch Bartlett.
Bartlett's tastes were eclectic until the 1920s when he married Helen, a young poet and composer who encouraged him to turn his attention to the works of the avant-garde, mainly French, artists.
Though few in number, the paintings Helen and Frederic collected soon constituted one of the most adventurous and radical collections assembled in America.
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