Russell Cheney’s paintings remain as fresh and undated today as when he painted them in the nineteen-tens, twenties, thirties, and forties. From still lifes, to portraits, to landscapes, he painted what pleased him about life, giving his paintings integrity and unity as a body of work.

This website is the evolving catalog raisonné of the painter’s work and an introduction to his 1,150 known works, 75 exhibitions and a fascinating life story. Our purpose is to revive interest in this masterly artist. You can help. Submissions of unlocated paintings, articles, and information are welcome. We also look forward to assisting anyone exhibiting Cheney’s paintings to the public.
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Domestic Modernism: Russell Cheney and Mid-Century American Painting
August 1 – November 17, 2024
Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, ME

This exhibition examines the artist Russell Cheney (1881–1945) and his relationship with his partner, the influential literary historian and critic F.O. Matthiessen (1902–1950). It seeks to marshal the term “domestic” to reframe and reassert Cheney’s work within modernism in the United States at mid-century.