Antony Marchutz, Ben Haggard, and Denise Lemoine invite you to join us as we launch the first phase of an ambitious, multi-year project to document and catalog the life’s work of artist Leo Marchutz. This is a volunteer project being undertaken by students, friends, family, and admirers of Marchutz. Initially we will focus on paintings, followed by drawings and lithographs.
During the past year, we have located most of the extant oil paintings from the 1920’s. Our first priority is to photograph and document this relatively small and rare body of work. Then we will take up the large format paintings from the 1960’s. As the catalog is built, we plan to make it available online.
The budget for the first year of this effort is modest. Our goal is to raise $3500. We will be paying $2400 for two years of access to a professional art cataloguing service. In addition, we will have $200-$300 dollars in expenses to set up and maintain a website landing page for the project. By the end of the 2019, we plan to establish a Franco-American organization to house the project and will need to cover basic legal fees, for which we are allowing $800-$900.
In recent years, there has been growing public and scholarly recognition of Leo’s contribution. Please support us now and get in on the ground floor of this exciting and worthwhile effort to secure an important part of the Leo Marchutz legacy. Every donation is key to enabling us to begin and will be gratefully acknowledged on our website.
Risks and challenges
At the outset of The Leo Marchutz Catalogue Raisonné project, the sheer volume of artworks to be located, meticulously studied and recorded, was daunting. Making the decision to organize the project in several phases (Paintings, Street Scene Lithographs, Religious Drawings...) will allow us to approach each phase with a realistic goal and a reasonable timeline - keeping energy high and motivation intact.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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