From Impressionism to Modernism - American Paintings from the Farnsworth Art Museum, 1885-1935

  • Charles Dana Gibson, Lady in a Red with Cigarette (detail), c.1939
  • Marsden Hartley, Stormy Sea #2, 1936, Oil on board
June 21, 2008 - February 01, 2009
Morehouse Wing


The stunning scenery and distinctive light of Maine’s coast had their impact on American Impressionists who had adopted from Monet and his contemporaries their free handling of paint and bright colors, as well as the very notion of painting land- and seascapes outdoors rather than in their studios. But it had an impact, too, on the American artists who worked there in the early years of the twentieth century. Through painters such as John Twachtman, Childe Hassam, Willard Metcalf, Frank Benson, and George Bellows as well as Rockwell Kent, Charles Ebert, Charles Dana Gibson, Emil Holzhauer, Eric Hudson, Beatrice Van Ness, Andrew Winter, and Marguerite Zorach, the paintings in Impressionism to Modernism reveal the inspiration these painters found in the unique combination of land and sea that form Maine’s 3,500-mile coastline, its more than 3,200 islands, and its vast forested, lake- and stream-filled interior.