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In Memory of Joseph Raffael

Joseph Raffael
February 22, 1933 – July 12, 2021

The founders of the Museum of Outdoor Arts are saddened to learn of the passing of painter, Joseph Raffael. They enjoyed getting to know him at the inception of the museum and collected several of his masterpieces. Raffael’s painting, Black Spring, has always been cherished among the collection of the museum as a core feature. MOA founders and staff send their sincere condolences to the family and friends of Joseph Raffael.
Featured above is "Owl" by Joseph Raffael
Watercolor on paper
Black Spring painting by Joseph Raffael

Black Spring by Joseph Raffael
Oil on Canvas
(MOA Collection)

From a young age, Joseph Raffael considered nature to be his “most faithful companion.” His fascination with landscape is obvious in this composition. This high contrast painting explores the artist’s rendition of spring, and explores the fluidity of nature and the stark conflicts that naturally occur.