Galerie DeVean: An Intimate View into the Life and Collections of Ross R. DeVean
Galerie DeVean celebrates 30 + works of art selected from the Ross R. DeVean collections of eight local DeVean patrons, including works from former RAM Executive Director, as well former Curator for the Getty and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Mary Alice Cline. The exhibition includes works spanning the 18th through 20th centuries, with an emphasis on prints and fin-de-siècle-era French lithography. Presented in a salon style format, Galerie DeVean accentuates not only the reference to emerging French art in the late 19th century, but also the collaborative aspect of the exhibition. Other notable art pieces include: Art Nouveau works from Alphonse Mucha and others, prints from Goya’s Caprichos series, Ukiyo-ewoodblock prints by Hiroshige and Kunisada, Chagall lithographs from the Dessins pour la Bible series, and prints by Delacroix, Géricault, Manet, and Degas. Later Modernist and Abstract works selected include prints by Calder, Miró, Siqueiros, and Picasso.
Galerie DeVean is an exposé of selected works on loan from the local patrons of Toronto-born art collector and consultant Ross R. DeVean (1898 – 1993). DeVean, a Southern California businessman with a deep and cultivated passion for art, had no formal art education and was a completely self-taught collector who possessed an eye and endless enthusiasm for art. A lover of French and German art in particular, DeVean made frequent purchasing trips to Paris, Munich, Zurich, and all along the West Coast. In 1954, five of DeVean’s prints were included in the first post-war exhibition of German Expressionist art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
DeVean worked closely with RAM and Mary Alice Cline, who was RAM Executive Director during his time in Riverside, by generously donating a large body of works to RAM’s Permanent Collection. DeVean was also a consultant on graphic art at LACMA and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). DeVean initiated the Graphic Arts Council at LACMA and was also a founding member of Friends of Graphic Art at UCLA. In the mid-1960s, DeVean began selling works to the patrons of Riverside and launched his mobile enterprise, “Galerie DeVean.” On monthly visits to the area from his home in Beverly Hills, DeVean would arrive at the houses of his grateful patrons with his Cadillac fully loaded with art. DeVean sold original prints by eminent European, American, and Asian artists such as Chagall, Picasso, Matisse, Léger, Calder, Hiroshige, and numerous others.
By RAM's Permanent Collections Curator, Kathryn Poindexter
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Field
Dick and Jane Merrihew