Art of Disaster

  • Waldo Peirce (1884-1970) The Fire at East Orrington, 1940 Oil on canvas 27 x 40 1/16 inches Museum purchase, 1950.708
  • Winslow Homer (1836-1910) The Life Line, 1884 Etching on vellum 12 7/8 x 17 3/4 inches Collection of the Farnsworth Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1943.102 Public Domain
  • Winslow Homer (1836-1910) The Perils of the Sea, 1887 Etching on heavyweight, wove, cream paper 16 3/8 x 27 7/8 inches Collection of the Farnsworth Art Museum, Museum Purchase, 1943.103
  • Augustus Buhler (1853-1920) Shipwreck off Cape Ann, 1908 Oil on canvas  33 1/2 x 55 5/8 inches Collection of the Farnsworth Art Museum, Gift of Miss Dorothy Buhler, 1970.1747
  • James Hope (1818-1892) Battle of Antietam, September 17, 1862 7th Maine Attacking over the Sunken Road through the Piper Cornfield, c. 1862 Oil on canvas 18 7/8 x 35 7/8 inches Collection of the Farnsworth Art Museum, Gift of Alice Bingham Gorman, 1997.16
  • Harrison Brown (1831-1915) Wreck of the Schooner "G & B Morse", 1884 Oil on canvas 24 3/4 x 42 inches Collection of the Farnsworth Art Museum, Gift of Jean F. and David G. Nathan, 2011.3
October 08, 2016 - April 23, 2017
Crosman Gallery

Flood, fire, earthquake, drought…few things capture the collective imagination more than the subject of disaster. This exhibition, drawn primarily from the Farnsworth collection, explores the universal world of natural and human-originated disasters. Works by Washington Allston, Leonard Baskin, Harrison Bird Brown, Augustus Buhler, Jonathan Fisher, Winslow Homer, James Hope, Waldo Peirce, N.C. and Andrew Wyeth may be included. They depict a host of disasters: drowning, floods, fire, hurricanes, shipwrecks and war; the calamity of the aftermath: harrowing rescues, disease, death and destruction; and the cleanup that ensued. 

The media sponsor of this exhibition is Maine Home + Design