September 06, 2008 - December 14, 2008
Homer, Whistler, Marin and Bellows features approximately thirty works of artist-printmakers, acquired even before the museum opened its doors, as the Farnsworth began to form its collection in the 1940s. The show includes etchings or lithographs by such luminaries as James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Winslow Homer, John Marin, and George Bellows, as well as works by Thomas Hart Benton, Stow Wengenroth, Louis Lozowick, Kevin O’Callahan, and Kerr Eby. The prints collected in these early years of the Farnsworth’s history reflect the interests of the Farnsworth’s first director, Boston architect Robert Peabody Bellows, in his efforts to create a distinctive collection that would appeal to the Rockland community. His collecting interests set a precedent for the Farnsworth’s emerging focus on American art, and the land- and seascape subjects that defined the mid-coast’s own character.