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Harlan H. HOLLADAY, AKA DocH3, Artist & Educator

Harlan H. Holladay Born 1925
Time has a way of getting away from all of us.  Harlan H. Holladay who is now in his early 90s, spent most of his life being an educator and researcher.  He is most noted for his time at St. Lawrence University first as an instructor, then ahead of the art department.  University professors and department heads spend a lot time serving on committees and providing outreach to their communities.  A simple internet search demonstrates that Dr. Holladay had a life filled with such activities and was a member of such organizations, as:  College Art Association; Society of  Architectural Historians; American Association of Univ. Prof.; Northeast Museum Association; Cooperstown Art Association, etc.

Holladay, was born in Greenville, MO, has three degrees, and studied at a couple of different institutions:  SE Missouri State College (B.S. Education); Washington University; State University of Iowa (M.A.) and Cornell University (Ph.D.).  Frequently in old newspapers y…

L. Jean Liberte, Artist (1896-1965)

L. Jean Liberte, Artist (1896-1965)
“Grand Manan”




“Grand Manan” is one the great strong examples of a nocturnal coastal scene by Liberte.  Grand Manan is located in the midwestern end of the Bay of Fundy, a body of water between the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.  It is home to some of the strongest tides in the world. The painting has rich impasto textures that provides a dramatic dark brooding image, and some say that he was influenced by Albert Pinkham Ryder, whose paintings were also dark and moody.  The painting is oil on canvas, approximately 30 by 24 inches.  It still includes its Babcock Galleries tag on the reverse, and it is from the mid-1940s.  


L. Jean Liberte, Artist (1896-1965)   
Starting in the early to mid-1940s, L. Jean Liberte was hot!  His paintings were now in the collections of the Whitney, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Walker Art Center, Tel-Aviv Museum and at numerous universities and colleges.  His work was being exhibited in Carnegie Institute…

Tadashi Asoma - US/Japanese Artist; B. 1923, Iwatsuki, Japan

Tadashi Asoma - US/Japanese Artist; B. 1923, Iwatsuki, Japan
"Reclining Nude" 1962 - Oil on Canvas Height 19.9 x Width 24.1 in.
Provenance: Gabriel Rosenfeld, Chappaqua, NY (French Legion of Honor) Sold at Swann Galleries, NYC, March 2000


The Signature is 正 (the Japanese Kanji Symbol for Tadashi), and then below Asoma ‘62.
Tadashi Asoma

Tadashi Asoma is a wonderful American success story.  Born in 1923 in pre-war Japan, he received his higher education at Saitama Teachers College, Urawa (a Saitama ward), the Bijitsu Gakko (Tokyo University of the Arts), Tokyo.  In 1952 he held his first exhibit in Tokyo, and then four later he was awarded a Japanese Government scholarship to study in Paris, at the Grand Chaumiere.  
After studying in Paris he arrived in New York City, where he continued studying at the Art Students League.   Tadashi Asoma’s first major show was held in 1961 at the Japan Society in New York and San Francisco.  These early years in New York were spent living in an …