Walking where artists walked
Sally Babylon, a frequent visitor to Monhegan, has written an art-inspired walking guide to the island and artists’ retreat. “The Golden Age of Plein Air Painting on Monhegan: A Walking Guide To the Sites Where the Artists Painted” is available from artlegacypublications.com.
Babylon’s guidebook introduces readers to the island of Monhegan as it was painted by those who made up its first artists’ colony in the early decades of the 20th century. With 25 vintage photographs, the book shows the reader or visitor the sites where the artists created the masterpieces of the golden age of plein air painting on Monhegan Island. The author was able to find much the same vantage points as those from which the artists painted, gives directions to the painting sites and relates anecdotes about the artists and the island.
There are 20 illustrations of paintings representative of the many outstanding painters — including George Bellows, Robert Henri, Rockwell Kent and Edward Hopper — who found inspiration here. Also included are background notes on the hostels, homes and studios where the artists lived and worked. The little guidebook contains ample references and resources for those who want to find out more about this special place and why it still today draws so many artists and art lovers.
Courier Publications' A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or email@example.com.