Artist Trivia: Elaine de Kooning

QUESTION: Considered by some the voice of Abstract Expressionism, this artist was an articulate defender of the movement. She wrote numerous insightful pieces about her fellow artists. As a critic for ARTnews, she reviewed the work of Arshile Gorky, Franz Kline, David Smith, Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Josef Albers, among others. In numerous series […]

Artist Trivia: Childe Hassam

QUESTION: Considered the pioneer of American Impressionism, this artist painted works of New York City street scenes that earned him the reputation as “our street painter par excellence” around the turn of the 19th century. Considered the pioneer of American Impressionism, he was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, and after studying in France from 1886 to […]

Artist Trivia: Will Barnet

Question: This artist’s professional career spanned nearly nine decades, beginning in the 1930s at the Art Students League in New York, where he taught from 1936 through 1980. He is best known for his distinctively flat, stylized aesthetic, and his paintings often feature solitary figures in meditative or enigmatic settings. In 1971, the artist fell […]

Artist Trivia: Lois Dodd

QUESTION: For over 50 years, this artist has painted her immediate, everyday surroundings. Her subjects include rambling New England out buildings, lush summer gardens, nocturnal moonlight skies, and views through interior windows. Windows are among this artist’s most often recurring subjects. She began painting them in the late 1960s when she moved her summer home […]
The Painted Room, 1982, oil on linen

Artist Trivia: Stephen Pace

QUESTION: This artist’s first fame as a painter came from his abstract paintings of the 1950s. Caught up in the vibrant New York City art scene, he became a major figure of the second generation of Abstract Expressionists, with Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock among his circle of colleagues. Milton Avery became a lifelong […]

Artist Trivia: Beverly Hallam

QUESTION: This artist is best known for her immaculate, hyper-realistic flower paintings, startling for their monumental scale and their exacting realism. The subjects are often enlarged to the point of disbelief, creating a kind of perceptual confusion. She was among the first artists to begin working with acrylics while still in graduate school at Syracuse […]

Artist Trivia: John Marin

QUESTION: This artist was a Modernist painter whose work bordered on abstraction. His paintings can be characterized as an exploration of movement and influenced Abstract Expressionism, but New England landscapes, especially the Maine coast, were regular subjects. He was voted America’s greatest artist in 1948, although he was largely forgotten after his death a few […]

George Bellows

George Bellows’ urban New York scenes depicting the working-class gained him widespread notice, and while many critics thought the urban subjects to be crudely painted, others found them to be a refreshing change. Bellows was introduced to Maine by his teacher, Robert Henri, first visiting Monhegan Island in the summer of 1911. He began to […]