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Himself (Self Portrait for the National Academy of Design)

ca. 1947
20 x 13 1/8 in. (50.8 x 33.3 cm)

John C. Menihan
American (Rochester, NY, 1908 - 1992, Rochester, NY)

Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Lithograph
Credit Line: Tribute Fund
Accession Number: 1986.102
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Location: Not currently on view

John Menihan created more than 100 lithographs and was one of the most prominent and popular artists in upstate New York. Originally inspired by the lithographs of Walter Cassebeer (see Downington at the right), his technical knowledge of the medium was learned from master lithographer Bolton Brown (see stone for Tioga River in the case on the right). Ron Netsky, art historian, whose work is also on view in this exhibition, has written extensively on Menihan.

Menihan was also a portrait painter, graphic designer, and muralist. In 1947, he won an unprecedented four First Prizes – in oil painting, watercolor, printmaking, and drawing – in the Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition.

[Excerpted from installation text, Aug. 2011
Colleen Piccone, Curatorial Dept. ]

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John Menihan making a lithograph In this 1948 film, watch the artist make a lithograph
John C. Menihan Gallery Learn more about Menihan & his prints & watercolors at this website created by his family.


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