Lecture

The Civil War was depicted by painters, sculptors and photographers on both sides of the conflict. Northern artists, with greater access to art supplies, galleries, publications and other outlets, were more prolific and visible. Southern artists recorded battles—real or imagined—on land and sea, but had limited means to disseminate their work. The artwork conveyed the horrors of war to the home fronts on both sides. Ironically, one of the finest paintings of the war is by a French artist who never actually saw the sea battle he portrayed. In addition to wartime artwork, this lecture will examine the nation’s continuing fascination with the conflict through the work of such subsequent painters as Edward Hopper and sculptors John Rogers and Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

This three-part series will explore how the war that divided our country was depicted by painters, sculptors, photographers and authors. Each lecture will focus on a unique aspect of written and visual representations of the battlefields, camp life, and other arenas—both North and South. In this, the second year of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, the Farnsworth is presenting this series for all who recognize Maine’s important role in the war, and who wish to learn more about how the nation saw  the war through the eyes of America’s artists. The lectures will be especially relevant for public and private K-12 teachers, and they will take place in the Farnsworth auditorium.

This exhibition examines Frank W. Benson's long and productive career in the context of his life and work at his summer home, Wooster Farm, on the island of North Haven, Maine, thirteen miles off the coast of Rockland. It was there that Benson (1862 - 1951) painted almost all of his brilliant, sun-drenched Impressionist paintings. The renowned artist's island home was also where he launched his prolific etching career and began making his highly successful watercolors. Through his paintings, both oil and watercolor, drypoints, etchings and lithographs, the exhibition will illustrate the important ways in which life on North Haven affected Benson's art.
 
Currently on display is an exhibition of Andrew Wyeth's works entitled Summers in Port Clyde—Watercolors from the 1930s and Early 1940s.
 

The Farnsworth Art Museum has had a long-standing relationship with Andrew Wyeth. It was in 1944, four years before the Farnsworth even opened, that the museum purchased watercolors by the emerging young artist. In 1951, the museum, in collaboration with the Currier Gallery (now the Currier Museum of Art) in Manchester, New Hampshire, mounted Andrew Wyeth's first solo museum retrospective

Amy Morey  will lead visitors through this exhibition during a 30-minute gallery tour.

This exhibition examines Frank W. Benson's long and productive career in the context of his life and work at his summer home, Wooster Farm, on the island of North Haven, Maine, thirteen miles off the coast of Rockland. It was there that Benson (1862 - 1951) painted almost all of his brilliant, sun-drenched Impressionist paintings. The renowned artist's island home was also where he launched his prolific etching career and began making his highly successful watercolors. Through his paintings, both oil and watercolor, drypoints, etchings and lithographs, the exhibition will illustrate the important ways in which life on North Haven affected Benson's art.
 

Jamie Wyeth’s connection to Monhegan dates to the late 1950s, when he first went there with his father, and he has continued to paint there ever since. His connection to fellow artist Rockwell Kent goes back nearly as far. Early in his career Wyeth bought several pen and ink drawings by Kent used as the sources for his illustrations to Moby Dick, one of Kent’s most renowned book illustration projects. Subsequently, Wyeth acquired what was Kent’s last home and studio on Monehgan, and then bought several of Kent’s paintings from his first period on the island around 1907. This exhibition will focus on works by the two artists done on Monhegan, and how the scenic island has inspired their work.

Stories of the Land and Its People includes the work of over 140 students who participated in a year-long collaboration between the Farnsworth Art Museum and four public schools: Appleton, Hope, Lincolnville and Islesboro.
Education Project Manager Andrea Curtis will lead visitors through this exhibition during a 30-minute gallery tour.
 
Location: meet at the Farnsworth’s main entrance on Museum Street
Seating: limited to 20 people
Cost: free with admission
This exhibition examines Frank W. Benson's long and productive career in the context of his life and work at his summer home, Wooster Farm, on the island of North Haven, Maine, thirteen miles off the coast of Rockland. It was there that Benson (1862 - 1951) painted almost all of his brilliant, sun-drenched Impressionist paintings. The renowned artist's island home was also where he launched his prolific etching career and began making his highly successful watercolors. Through his paintings, both oil and watercolor, drypoints, etchings and lithographs, the exhibition will illustrate the important ways in which life on North Haven affected Benson's art.