This painting purportedly looks down 8th Street in Kansas City. Buildings are colorful yet rendered in muted tones contrasting darkly coated pedestrians at their bases. Cars trail off in the distance and merge with the painting's impressionistic style into an overcast sky. This work is noted as being painted for the W.P.A. (Works Progress Administration). The W.P.A.
This small painting contains a large variety of color and texture. Dark greens and blues of the outer edge struggle to focus in on the commotion of tan swatches layered over deposits of orange and yellow at center, resulting in a halo effect. Excess paint creates a choppy texture across the painting's center that serves to heighten the emotion already emerging with intensifying color. Lack of form within the composition leaves much to the imagination, yet the piece's title, "Demons of the Night", incites a suspenseful read.
Oil on canvas landscape painting, in the impressionist style, purportedly depicting a view of the Missouri Avenue, located in the North East district of Kansas City, Missouri. This painting depicts multi-story buildings on either side of a street view with both automobiles and pedestrians. Businesses are apparent on the left hand side of the work by the store front signs of "Tailor" and "Loans". "Missouri Ave." is an original painting signed by the artist.
Harry T. Abernathy was born in Leavenworth, Kansas, May 23, 1865, the son of Col. James L. Abernathy, the pioneer furniture manufacturer of the West. Harry came to Kansas City and became cashier of the company. He held the position for eight years, and in 1895 was given the place of assistant cashier of the First National Bank. He was the treasurer of Park College for four years.
The portrait is a sober representation of Taylor S. Abernathy. Abernathy was born in Missouri. His father was Harry Thomas Abernathy. The Abernathy family owned Abernathy Furniture Company in Kansas City. Taylor graduated from Hamilton in 1914 and returned to Missouri to work for the First National Bank of Kansas City. He was eventually named President of the bank. In this portrait by Adrain Lamb, Abernathy is dressed in a dark navy or black suit with a white shirt and matching pocket square. His tie bespeckled with red dots is the same color as his suit.
This painting, originally by George Caleb Bingham, depicts a scene of turmoil taking place during the Civil War. Tensions regarding abolition were high between Kansasans and Missourians in the Western Missouri counties. Union General Thomas Ewing Jr. proposed General Order No. 11 to placate the unrest, the order sought to end the fighting by vacating the affected counties completely. Bingham, although pro-Union, was appalled by the prospect and threatened General Ewing with the words "If you execute this order, I shall make you infamous with pen and brush". This he did.
The large scale painting is an oil on canvas depicting the town of Kansas (Kansas City before it became a city). The painting shows many of the key elements that define fifty years or more of Kansas City history and development. "Depicted in the foreground are representations of saloon life, traders, frontiersman, a Mexican (signifying the Sante Fe trade), Native Americans, and a woman preparing a meal."( -from the artist website) In the middle ground, a lone cowboy, a mule carrying a load, construction of a railroad track, and a long-horn cattle drive are present.