Gallery Talk: A Partial History of the Renaissance — Willard Leroy Metcalf in Maine

August 18, 2011
Thursday, 1 p.m.
Farnsworth Main Lobby
Gallery Talk by Exhibition Research Assistant Gordon Wilkins
Escaping the deluge of critical and personal failures that had so defined his early career, in 1904 the noted American Impressionist painter Willard Leroy Metcalf abruptly abandoned his life in Manhattan to live the life of an artistic recluse for nearly a year at his parents’ home in Clark’s Cove, Maine, near the town of Walpole. In 1905, following almost an entire year spent communing with nature on the Damariscotta Peninsula, collecting birds’ eggs and nests, and most significantly, executing some two dozen paintings that were to meet with resounding critical acclaim, Metcalf made a quick notation on the flyleaf of a scrapbook of reviews of his exhibitions: “a partial history of the Renaissance,” referring to the rebirth the artist underwent by the shores of the Damariscotta River. Using the Farnsworth Art Museum’s Ebbing Tides Version Two, a 1908 oil painting by Metcalf, as a point of departure, Exhibition Research Assistant Gordon Wilkins will examine the intimate role that the state of Maine played in the personal and artistic career of one of America’s most notable artists.
Location: meet in the main lobby of the Farnsworth
Cost: free with gallery admission
Reservations: please call 207-596-0949
Willard Metcalf, Ebbing Tide, Version 2, 1907, Oil on canvas, Gift of the Estate of Sylvia Benson Lawson, 1982
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