OBSERVATIONS BY ALAN ROSENBERG

Provenance Research: Katrina McCormick Barnes

I recently acquired "A Night Still Life," a 1953 gouache by Edward John Stevens, Jr. which was previously owned by Katrina McCormick Barnes. Mrs. Barnes was a rather remarkable person which I think you can gather just from the images of her below. She was a member of the well-known Chicago McCormick family, the daughter of Joseph Medill McCormick and Ruth Hanna. In 1935 she married Courtland D. Barnes, Jr. She lived for many decades in New Mexico and died in Santa Fe in 2011 at age 98. She served on the boards of the Native American Rights Fund, the National Council of LaRaza, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Chicano Education Project, Her memory lives on particularly in the scholarship in her name that she endowed for minority students at the University of Denver.

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