SEA/SHORE: AN EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS, PRINTS AND WORKS ON PAPER 1855-2015
Friday, June 19, 2015 through Sunday, August 30, 2015
Hours: Wednesday – Sunday 11-5 and by appointment or chance
The exhibition Sea/Shore celebrates the place that summer, sea and shore has in America’s collective psyche. For most Americans summer is synonymous with time spent on the shores of rivers, lakes and oceans. The works featured are by well-known American and British artists and date from 1855 to the present including James Buttersworth, W. L. Wyllie, George L . Noyes, Vanessa Bell, Fairfield Porter, Robert Kushner, Hillary Osborn and many others.
Black Squall at Gibraltar, c. 1855 is by the noted American marine painter, James Buttersworth. An exquisite painting of Annisquam Marshes by the Boston Impressionist George L. Noyes, c. 1905 depicts the marshes along Boston’s North Shore that his friend Arthur Wesley Dow recorded in his most important painting, The Dragon. The Bloomsbury sisters, Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf, are represented by Bell’s View Out the Window, a pastel of the view of the sea from Talland House in Cornwall, England. Vanessa and Virginia spent their summers as children there and it was the inspiration for Woolf’s literary masterpiece To the Lighthouse.
For many, Fairfield Porter’s oeuvre embodies summers in the Northeast. A fine large print titled Ocean, Second State, 1973, has a powerful, spare simplicity. The ocean around Porter’s homes in Maine and Southampton, NY served as inspiration as did the Edo Period Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai’s seminal print, The Great Wave. Dated a mere ten years after Porter’s Ocean, Bebe and Erin, a large acrylic on paper work by the Pattern and Decoration artist Robert Kushner, is a world away. The pulsating colors, textures, patterns and the intertwined figures of Bebe and Erin depict the sunbathing scene at a crowded beach.
Andrea S. Keogh Art & Design, LLC is located in picturesque and historic Litchfield, Connecticut. Summers here are lovely and many residents and vacationers enjoy time on the shores of Bantam Lake, Lake Waramaug and the Housatonic River. We encourage you to view the Sea/Shore exhibit at our gallery, located in Litchfield Center, and then enjoy the wonderful architecture and breathtakingly beautiful countryside and lakes.
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