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Archive for Thursday, March 22, 2012

This ‘needs to be in Lawrence’: Famous painting of Quantrill’s Raid goes on sale for $30,000

March 22, 2012

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William Quantrill’s attack on Aug. 21, 1863, will forever be Lawrence’s Bloody Dawn, but now a well-known piece of artwork by the same name is looking for a new home.

Connie Breidenthal (left) and Jamie Lavin, director of the Buttonwood Art Space and Kansas City Club, unpack a painting by Bonner Springs artist Ernst Ulmer in this 2010 file photo.

Connie Breidenthal (left) and Jamie Lavin, director of the Buttonwood Art Space and Kansas City Club, unpack a painting by Bonner Springs artist Ernst Ulmer in this 2010 file photo.

Ernst Ulmer’s original oil on canvas painting — depicting a smoke-filled Massachusetts Street swarming with Quantrill’s raiders — is now being offered for $30,000 at a Kansas City art gallery, and the art broker is working to persuade community leaders the piece ought to land in Lawrence.

“I want it to be in Lawrence,” said Kathy Drungilas, a former Lawrence resident who is handling the sale for the Buttonwood Art Space. “It just needs to be in Lawrence. The old Eldridge Hotel is in the picture. Anybody from Lawrence knows exactly where they are on Mass. Street.”

Drungilas said the painting, which is 4 feet by 6 feet, deserves a fitting home. Shortly following Ulmer’s death in 2009, “Bloody Dawn” and many of his works have been on display at the Kansas City Club — as in Kansas City, Mo.

“I love that it is on exhibit, but I feel funny that it is on the Missouri side of the line,” Drungilas said.

Drungilas said she has reached out to some community members and has received a good reception but no sale.

“I think everybody likes it, but no one has put forward a coordinated effort to secure it,” Drungilas said of the image, which has been seen in Lawrence several times through prints that have been made of the original.

Steve Nowak, executive director of the Watkins Community Museum of History, said his organization hasn’t made any effort to secure the piece of art, but he hopes someone in the community will consider doing so.

“It would be great if there were a generous donor out there who wanted to purchase it and make it available on loan for the public to see,” Nowak said. “That is always a great way to get it into the public’s eye without trying to raise public dollars, which can be very difficult.”

Plus, Nowak said, the large painting could be helpful to visitors who sometimes have a hard time visually comprehending Quantrill’s raid.

“You know, they didn’t take snapshots back then,” Nowak said.

Drungilas said Ulmer, a Kansas City artist who gained national renown after celebrities such as Colin Powell began purchasing his historical scenes, was a meticulous researcher who aimed for authenticity in his works.

“I don’t think there is a more prominent image of Quantrill’s Raid out there,” Drungilas said. “I think he is the first artist of any renown to tackle that page of our history.

“It is a significant piece. We all have heard about the raid, but without seeing the flames and the destruction, you don’t really get a sense of it.”

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FalseHopeNoChange 2 years ago

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patkindle 2 years ago

i think downtown lawrence framworks has plenty of limited prints for sale

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Joe Hyde 2 years ago

Perhaps a copy of the original painting could be commissioned. But just one copy.

The original painting rightly should be exhibited in an art or historical museum located in the Confederate state from which William Quantrill was born and raised. Exhibited there as a reminder of how skillfully the raid was planned and executed by militant slavery proponents living in that time period.

The one commissioned copy ought to be exhibited in the Douglas County Historical Society building. Exhibited there as a reminder of how Lawrence townspeople -- mostly opponents of slavery's expansion -- suffered from the actions of Quantrill's armed force both during and after the attack.

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patkindle 2 years ago

"A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul."

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Kontum1972 2 years ago

hey Darin why don't u just use real money aka cash....instead of plastic then u don't have to pay those fees...cash talks plastic doesn't....u probably cant even work a etch a sketch....

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Kontum1972 2 years ago

mb chuck magrill (sp) @ FREESTATE BREWERY.... the piece should buy it..it would look great in there.....its tax-deductible Chuck...

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Waddetreestudio 2 years ago

" another hypothectical greek family scam" just like ATM Scaming and charging high fees for using their systems downtown to purchase their goods you need the art appraised to be at that value its only worth $1000 dollars..

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pace 2 years ago

I like history and I like art. If I had an extra $30,000 I would buy it and donate it to where it could be viewed by fellow citizens, tourists and kids. Be cool at city hall, the train depot, or the community museum. I don't have the money, but think it would be of value to our community. I could donate some. I wonder if a Kickstarter fund would be applicable.

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pizzapete 2 years ago

That's a real nice painting, but the price is way off. A contemporary painting of this sort should be in the $1,200-1,500 range. Good luck finding someone with an extra $30,000 to spend on a painting.

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stinkybulldog 2 years ago

This painting belongs in Columbia. Why should it be here in Lawrence? I'm confused? 30k? What the heck?????

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patkindle 2 years ago

AS usual , I woke up stupid this morning I wonder why every one in Lawrence thinks This painting should be GIFTED to Lawrence Or someone ELSE should buy it?

Why are lawrencians so eager to spend other Peoples money, but never spend their own?

I SUSPECT THAT THEY HAVE TOO MUCH HOPE AND NOT ENOUGH CHANGE

I doubt if our city commissioners would spend the money But you can bet two of the 3 county commissioners would Spend your money IN a HEARTBEAT
Besides, You can buy a framed reprint for 300 bucks Downtown, SO TELL THE FORMER LAWERENCIAN art gallery person t TO GO FISH

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Norma Jeane Baker 2 years ago

I'm curious as to how much Ms. Drungilas will receive as her commission on the sale of this piece?

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jehovah_bob 2 years ago

The city won't buy this because it clearly represents a significant event in history, instead of an abstract statement about trees and feminist persecution.

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palmbeachjayhawk 2 years ago

Looks like we had a painting of the subject matter in 1980 and the city gave it to the museum. See the LJW article from 1980 http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2199&dat=19800831&id=g5YyAAAAIBAJ&sjid=VucFAAAAIBAJ&pg=6504,6848145

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oneeye_wilbur 2 years ago

The City commission has money for the Santa Fe Depot, the City Commissions spent well over 300,000 at the Drop In Center, not to mention the money the county has spent, then there is the money spent annual to fund arts in the city. so, why not buy it from the % allowed for arts in the city. Lawrence is so slow in making sound decisions but not very good at long range thought.

Mr. Ulmer would not benefit by taking a 30,000 tax donation but then there is a gallery involved as well.

What is really funny is if the painting were in a gallery in Lawrence it wouldn't even be considered to be bought. now that it is out of town it becomes "interesting'.

OEW is willing to bet there are some paintings floating around the US that are by even more notable artists depiciting the plight of Lawrence. Why not try to find one of them.

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tbaker 2 years ago

Hey LJW - Need more info about the painting! When was it painted? Context? Background? Artists inspiration / notes, etc. Get back to work Chad.

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newmedia 2 years ago

Bet someone from Missouri buys it.

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irvan moore 2 years ago

wonder what the commission is for selling it

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beatrice 2 years ago

What year was it made? Looks like 1970s or '80s.

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nanimwe 2 years ago

Watkins museum should be doing more to get this painting.

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Currahee 2 years ago

Let the market set the price, obviously no one thinks this is worth 30 grand but the dealer himself.

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sad_lawrencian 2 years ago

How about donating the painting to the City? Has this not been considered?

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patkindle 2 years ago

re-distribute the wealth, make the working class pay for it so the lawrencians living in their parents basements and on govt grants can enjoy it

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rockchalker52 2 years ago

everybody pony up a buck? Hey, the dude already burnt us once...

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frankfussman 2 years ago

A buck?...even 50 cents!!

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KansasBard 2 years ago

If everybody in Lawrence ponied up a buck, we could buy it easily.

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patkindle 2 years ago

no one in lawrence would ever pay for anything especially 30 k they are simply to cheap they expect it to be gifted to them that is how the town got to be the home off looney liberals

the rest of the world pretty much owes it to lawrence per the lawrencians that is the way it is and everyone makes so much fun of the city

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g_rock 2 years ago

now THAT is guerrilla art! Or the art of the aftermath of boarder war guerrilla terrorists. Same thing.

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bad_dog 2 years ago

Nobody in Kansas likes art, nobody...

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Orwell 2 years ago

How about convincing the owner to take a $30K charitable deduction by contributing the painting to the city?

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