Frank Duveneck’s painting, titled Yacht Harbor, was exhibited in the 1904 World’s Fair. The artwork’s location went cold 91 years later until a solo investigation pieced together a trail of clues and shined new light on its disappearance.
The Saint Louis Public Schools acknowledged in 2020 that they had lost a historically significant, turn-of-the-20th century painting. It was obvious that school district officials were worried — and maybe more than a little embarrassed — because, in 2020, no one currently inside the Saint Louis Public Schools knew it existed.
Let’s back up 118 years.
Ryan Greis, founder and lead instructor of Drawn Studio