American Treasures: Visions of the Land and Sea

  • James Edwards Buttersworth, The Puritan and the Genesta, 1885, oil on canvas, 24 1/8" x 36 1/4", Gift of the Estate of Edmond S. Davenport, 1978
  • James G. Babbidge (1844-1919) Alice A. Hall, 1881 Oil on canvas 23 ½  x 33 7/8 inches Museum purchase, 1955.1128
  •  George Bellows, Romance of Autumn, 1916, oil on canvas, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Shipman
June 01, 2013 - February 16, 2014
Morehouse Wing

For most of the artists who have worked in Maine for the past century and a half, the state’s striking physical beauty has been its primary attraction. To be sure, the state’s stunning coastline as well as its verdant forests, rushing streams, tranquil ponds and lakes, and picturesque mountains have inspired countless painters, printmakers, and photographers. The daily lives and activities of the state’s inhabitants, too, have provided rich subject matter. The Farnsworth’s collecting activities, in fact, have focused from the beginning on acquiring the best examples of such works, thus suggesting to visitors and residents alike the vibrancy of life in Maine from the nineteenth century to the present. This exhibition includes the work of Fitz Henry Lane, Alvan Fisher, Martin Johnson Heade, and George Inness from the nineteenth century; and John Twachtman, George Bellows, Rockwell Kent and Neil Welliver in the twentieth.


American Treasures consists of several related exhibitions: Small Treasures, Other Voices, Maine Voices (opens May 18), and three that will open on June 1: New Visions, New Languages; Visions of the Land and Sea; and Family and Friends. The overarching exhibition will celebrate Maine’s role in American art by displaying the very best among the over 13,000 works in the museum’s collection. On view, through a series of themed exhibitions, will be paintings, photographs and sculpture by many of America’s most important artists.


American Treasures is sponsored by: A.E. Sampson & Son, Houses & Cottages by Eric E. Allyn, The Grasshopper Shop of Rockland, Wickham Skinner Fund, and an anonymous gift
The Primary Media Sponsor of American Treasures is Maine Home + Design





Community Partners for American Treasures include Breakwater Vineyards and  Fixtures Designer Plumbing Showroom.

Additional support provided by: Bar Harbor Bank & Trust; Cafe Miranda, Carol Emery, Esquire; Country Inn at Camden/Rockport; Maine Coast Construction; Silverio Architecture & Design; and Waterman’s Beach Lobster.