Dorrance Kelly of West Redding has become a regular contributor to museums around the state. The retired oral surgeon, who practiced in Danbury, has collected art prints for years. In October 2011, the Bruce Museum in Greenwich showed his collection of Martin Lewis prints. In November 2011, his Currier & Ives prints were exhibited at New Britain Museum of American Art. His Ash Can School prints — of works by George Bellows, Edward Hopper, John Sloan, Reginald Marsh, Thomas Hart Benton and Martin Lewis — was at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury last March.
Kelly is back at the Bruce now. An exhibit that opened last weekend, “Dürer, Rembrandt & Whistler: Prints from the Collection of Dr. Dorrance T. Kelly,” will be up until Sunday, Aug. 18.
The exhibit includes Albrecht Dürer’s “Nemesis” from 1502 and “Joachim and the Angel” from 1504, Rembrandt’s “The Triumph of Mordecai” from 1641, “The Strolling Musicians” from 1635 and “The Artists’s Mother Seated At A Table” from 1631, and Whistler’s “Annie, Seated” from 1858-9 and “Limehouse” from 1859.
Also in the exhibit are prints by other artists including Hendrik Goudt, Canaletto, Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo and Francisco Goya.
In an interview connected to a previous exhibit, Kelly said that he started collecting prints because he hated history in school and wanted to learn it another way. He began with prints of American presidents. “It was a fun way to study history,” he said then. “But then I ran out of presidents.” Then he moved on to Currier & Ives, then John James Audubon, then the Ashcan School, then Martin Lewis.
Bruce Museum is at One Museum Drive in Greenwich. Hours are Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.
Admission is $7, $6 students, $6 seniors and free for members and children younger than 5 years. Admission is free on Tuesday.