High Tea: Conversation with Ambassador Beatrice Welters and Mr. Anthony Welters
"Collect what you love, and be persistent."
- Collecting an artist deeply, acquiring many works
- A very personal experience
- Work closely with art advisor and historian to identify works that may fit into their collection or works they are proactively seeking
- Desire to keep collection together in future and to continue to maintain as a family collection and statement
- To date the collection is rarely seen/visited. The ArtTable conversation represents a first for them in terms of public outreach
19th Century Art by African American Artists
- Mr. Welters: 19th century black artists painted nature, the land, land they couldn’t own. They painted beauty outside of their own strife.
- Discovering painter Charles Ethan Porter’s likeness to Mark Twain
Growing up what was your relationship to art?
- Mr. Welters grew up listening to Langston Hughes read poetry, as part of an annual school program
What was the first piece you ever collected?
- Henry O. Tanner, The Banjo Lesson
What have you learned in your collecting journey?
- To collect what you love, and to be persistent. Some works have taken years to acquire.
- To respect the art-love of others when trying to acquire works. Buy from artists who only sell their