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View Points
By David Maril
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View Points
By David Maril

A behind the scenes look at Herman Maril’s legacy
August - September 2011

1- “How many paintings did your father do?”

2- “Do you show the work and are there exhibitions?”

3- “Where can I see the paintings?”

4- “Do you paint and have any art talent?”

5- “What was it like growing up having a father as an artist?”

6- “Could you talk to him when he was painting?”

These are a few of the questions I am continually asked as the son of a well-known artist. My father, the late Herman Maril (1908-86) painted for much of his life, starting in his early 20s, growing up in Baltimore, and when he died, in 1986, there was a nearly completed small seascape oil on his easel he had been working on at his Provincetown studio.

Starting in the middle of the lineup questions, at number 4, no, I do not have any painting talent. I would like to think my father’s artistic vision of eliminating unnecessary detail, carries into my writing career as a journalist.

The answer to number 5 is that growing up as a youngster, I never realized my dad was different in his profession than any of the other fathers of my friends until I was a teenager and began to notice that most of the homes I visited often had garish wallpaper in front off-white paint and plaster.

The answer to number six is yes, you could talk to him when he was painting. He was intense when painting but he was also very approachable in his home studios and you could sit and watch him paint and carry on a conversation.

The purpose of this column in future months will be to provide answers and insight into subject-matter related to the first three questions. We will highlight upcoming exhibitions around the country that include artwork by Herman Maril. We will also discuss educational projects and publication activity related to his work and career. We will also offer stories and recollections and hopefully provide a bit of an inside look at my father, a renowned painter who followed his own path in the art world.

This is an easy column to start because 2011 has been such an active year celebrating and recognizing the Herman Maril legacy. There are a number of events taking place and several publications and exhibitions coming up in the fall and winter.

Here are some of the highlights:

The Smithsonian’s American Art Museum’s “1934: A New Deal For Artists,” continues to travel around the nation and is currently at the Oklahoma City Museum, in Oklahoma, through Aug. 21. The show includes “Sketch For Old Baltimore Waterfront,” a Herman Maril oil which was selected by Eleanor Roosevelt to hang in the White House, The exhibition next travels to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts in Montgomery, Alabama Sept. 24 through Jan 8.

“Tried and True: Artists of The Greatest Generation,” recently opened at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto, Pa. and includes 50 works by such artists as Herman Maril, William Gropper, Reginal Marsh and Norman Rockwell. The exhibition will be on view through Dec. 9.

The traveling exhibition “From The Paper’s Edge: Water in Literature in Art,” is on display at the Albany (NY) Institute of History And Art through Aug. 28. The show includes “Breakwater Tide”, a Herman Maril oil on canvas on loan from David Findlay Jr. Fine Art.

“The Tides Of Provincetown: Pivotal Years in America’s Oldest Continuous Art Colony” will be on exhibit at the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, Connecticut through Oct 16. The exhibition includes a Herman Maril watercolor that is in the museum’s permanent collection.

“Dialogue At Five,” a 1970 oil by Herman Maril is featured on the cover of “Word Problems,” a book of poetry by Erin Murphy, published by Word Press.

The Herman Maril oil painting “Riding Free,” is reproduced in “The Classic Treasury of Childhood Wonders” by Susan H. Magsamen, published by National Geographic.

On Sept. 7, several Herman Maril paintings will be included in the group show “Five Maryland Icons” at C. Grimaldis on 523 N. Charles St. in Baltimore. The exhibit will run through Oct. 29.

On Nov. 1, a one-man exhibition of Herman Maril works will open at David Findlay Jr. Fine Art in their new location at 724 5
th Avenue in New York.

In December, University of Maryland University College will unveil the newly published hard-cover catalogue of the Herman Maril collection at the college. The book contains essays by the late David Scott, former Director of the Corcoran Museum of Art and founding director of the National Museum of American, and Howard Wooden, former Director of the Wichita Art Museum.

David Maril, son of artist Herman Maril, is the President of the Herman Maril Foundation. His career in journalism includes working as an award winning newspaper columnist, sports writer,  sports editor and copy editor. A long-time board of trustees member of the Boston chapter of the Baseball Writers Association, Maril is a voter in the Hall of Fame balloting. You can reach him at