Lot 172

Martin Linsey, Ohio, New Mexico (1915 - 2010), Miami, 1947, watercolor on paper, 10 1/4"H x 13 3/4"W (sight), 18"H x 21"W (frame)

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Martin Linsey, Ohio, New Mexico (1915 - 2010), Miami, 1947, watercolor on paper, 10 1/4"H x 13 3/4"W (sight), 18"H x 21"W (frame)

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October 7, 2023 11:00 AM EDT
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Martin Linsey
Ohio, New Mexico, (1915 - 2010)
Miami, 1947
watercolor on paper
Signed dated, and titled lower right.

Biography from the Archives of askART: Obituary. The Plain Dealer, Friday, March 5, 2010

Despite being partly color-blind, Martin Louis Linsey was a leading artist. He exhibited and sold work widely and lectured for the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Linsey died March 3 at home Los Lunas, N.M. at age 94.

"He had an innate feel for what to pick out of a scene," said Jay Hoffman, a long-time artist and museum colleague.

The soft-spoken Linsey was a popular portrayer of Cleveland.

"He loved every inch of its grit and idiosyncrasies," said Kathy Barrie, another museum colleague.Linsey painted many watercolors with narrow ranges of colors. But relatives say he did so by choice, not because of his degree of trouble telling red from green. He also turned out oils, drawings, prints and photographs.

He was raised in Cleveland and Cleveland Heights, with a vacation home Mentor-on-the-Lake. As a young man, he worked on boats in the Caribbean and depicted streets in Miami, shrimp boats in St. Augustine, yachts in Nassau and more.

When World War II began, the Marines rejected him because of his color-blindness, but the Army had him make maps in combat zones in Italy, France and Germany.

After the war, Linsey returned to the Bahamas, living awhile on a 14-foot dinghy. Then he earned a master's degree in art history at Western Reserve University and worked several jobs in photography and industrial design, such as making models and delineations for Dalton and Dalton architects.

In 1960, he began 20 years in the museum's education department. He went to Europe about 13 times, photographing buildings and sites for slide shows back home. He also took his wife, the former Arline Schwartz, and their three young children in a travel trailer to collect Seminole textiles in the Everglades.

Linsey often exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, Butler Art Institute of Youngstown, Cincinnati Art Museum and elsewhere. He won his home museum's May Show. He took photographs for museum publications, Progressive Architecture, Antiques World and more. He made many works collected by the museum, American Red Cross, U.S. Interior Department, Standard Fruit and others.

In 1980, Linsey retired to Scottsdale, Ariz., and volunteered as a photographer for the Phoenix Art Museum. In widowhood, he married Maria Major and moved with her to New Mexico.

  • 10 1/4"H x 13 3/4"W (sight), 18"H x 21"W (frame)
  • Artist Name:
  • Martin Linsey
  • Medium:
  • watercolor on paper

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