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Farnsworth: Art cannot be contained

Mar 26, 2020
Photo by: The Andrew and Betsy Wyeth Collection © 2020 Andrew Wyeth/Artists Rights Society (ARS) "Walt and Henry, 1942," a watercolor on paper by Andrew Wyeth (1917–2009).

Rockland — While the Farnsworth Art Museum is temporarily closed to ensure everyone's well-being, staff believe that art cannot be contained. Creativity's place in our lives is more important than ever. Let's stay connected through our mutual love of art.

Please enjoy the following art and activities as you shelter in place.

Throughout his life, the people and landscape of Midcoast Maine had a profound influence on Andrew Wyeth. Although he was born in Chadds Ford, Penn., he spent every summer in Maine until his death in 2009. During those summers Andrew developed a lifelong friendship with Walt Anderson, son of the cook at the hotel, and they became inseparable. Andrew’s earliest works were watercolors of the very places that he and Walt discovered. These watercolors were colorful depictions of landscape and weather patterns along the coast in summer.

“Walter was my connection to Maine,” Wyeth said to a reporter a few days after Anderson died in 1987. “Out of him came Christina and all the others. But Walter was not a character to me. He was my own age.”

To hear Walter Anderson speak about making tempera paint for Andrew Wyeth, click here.

Directed by Sam Brosnan, the 2019 film "Slab City Rendezvous," whose title comes from a 1964 painting by Red Grooms, tells the story of a group of young New York-based avant-garde artists who in the years following World War II discovered the pleasures of summering and working in Maine. They became some of the most successful and important artists of their generation, charting new directions for contemporary art. Their accomplishments formed another chapter in the story of Maine’s ongoing role in American art.

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Farnsworth Art Quiz: This Woman of Vision self-identified as a Post-Impressionist, but was more prominently known as a pioneer of modernism in the United States. She exhibited in the 1913 Armory Show before expanding her practice into embroidery and textile art, and was continually progressive throughout her life, saying, “an art intent on expressing the inner spirit of persons and things will inevitably stray from the outer conventions of color and form.” Her linocut "Dancers" was created during the difficult years of the Great War, in 1916.

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