Cahoon Catalogue Raisonné Research
Do you own a painting by Ralph or Martha Cahoon?
The Cahoon Museum has, since its inception in 1984, sought the location and registration of the paintings of Ralph and Martha Cahoon. The goal of this research is the publication of a catalog raisonné.
What is a Catalogue Raisonné?
A catalogue is a basic list of works of art which provides information such as title, artist, medium, size, as well as owner, gallery or collection of the works in an exhibition. A catalogue raisonné is a complete, annotated catalogue of the works of a particular artist. It also provides details, in particular, of the present condition, and provenance of each work.
The Cahoon Museum, named in honor of the late contemporary primitive painter, Ralph Cahoon, has since its inception in 1984 sought the location and registration of Mr. Cahoon's paintings as well as works by his wife, Martha Cahoon. The definitive goal of this research is the publication of a catalogue raisonné for each of the artists. There is no estimated time frame for this ambitious long-term project.
In addition to the Cahoons' correspondence and personal papers, the Cahoon Museum holds the sale and exhibition records of Mr. and Mrs. Cahoon. While these documents are very informative, they are most useful when cross-referenced with your completed registration form.
Your cooperation and participation in this project is appreciated. We would ask that you mention the project to other Cahoon painting collectors and encourage them to contact the Museum. Also, please keep us informed of any changes in your completed record.
Be assured that the information you provide is confidential. When the catalog raisonné is published you may be listed as an anonymous owner if so desired.
Please do not hesitate to contact the Museum at (508) 428-7581 should you have questions.
To register your Cahoon paintings, either fill out our online Registration Form or Print and Mail this form, with photography, to the Cahoon Museum, PO Box 1853, Cotuit, MA 02635.