The works of local impressionists go on display for nine days

On the heels of Portland Art Museum's successful exhibition of 170 French impressionist and postimpressionist works, Yves Le Meitour's gallery in downtown Multnomah Village will showcase 60 impressionist works by Portland painters.

Titled 'Les Impressionistes en Oregon,' the exhibit will run for nine days. ChŽrif Castel, the French cultural attachŽ from the San Francisco consulate, will open the show.

In essence, Le Meitour's gallery will for a short time become a museum Ñ with no admission fee. Many of the paintings will be unfamiliar; all are owned by local collectors, and none is for sale.

At the Portland Art Museum, Executive Director John Buchanan hoped that the 'Paris to Portland' show would draw crowds and that that would encourage the 14 private collectors to consider donating paintings. In both aims he was successful.

More than 120,000 visitors saw the exhibition, and two collectors donated the 'Elles' prints of Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, valued at $1 million. Another $2.5 million worth of paintings also were given, including a Courbet, a Fantin-Latour and a Gauguin.

The impressionists on show at Le Meitour's gallery may be unfamiliar to art lovers elsewhere, but they are significant to Portlanders, and many of the views will be familiar. Here are a few exhibitors:

John Henry Trullinger showed a portrait of his wife, Sadie ('Lady With a Parasol'), in Paris in 1909. He was born in Forest Grove in 1870, lived in Paris from 1904 to 1909 and died in Portland in 1960.

Charles C. McKim was born in Maine in 1872 and was a colleague of Winslow Homer. He moved to Portland in 1911 and became fascinated with Oregon's scenery, painting it extensively until his death in 1939.

Clara Jane Stephens came from England, where she was born in 1877. She studied in New York, France and Italy and served on the faculty of Portland's museum art school from 1917 to 1938. Stephens died in 1952.

'She could really paint,' says collector Bob Fox.

Clyde Leon Keller was born in Salem in 1872, worked as a cartoonist for the San Francisco Examiner and painted landscapes in his spare time. He moved back to Portland after losing everything in the 1906 quake. He taught in Portland for the next 30 years Ñ winning 275 awards in his lifetime Ñ and died in 1962.

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