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A Painter from Port Jefferson: Works by William Moore Davis
A Painter from Port Jefferson: Works by William Moore Davis opened on September 14, 2002, in the Member' s Gallery of Art Museum at The Long Island Museum. Davis (1829-1920) was a close friend of renowned, local artist William Sidney Mount and was greatly influenced by his work. (left: William Moore Davis, The Victor, 1877, oil on canvas, Museum purchase, 1969.)
Complementing The Riches of Sight: William Sidney Mount and His World -- the museum's newest Mount exhibit, A Painter from Port Jefferson: Works by William Moore Davis presents over 28 of Davis' oil and watercolor paintings. The exhibit includes such works as "Setauket Cider Mill," "A Cheerful Outlook," and "On Their Way to the Dance."
Contrary to the popular Impressionistic style of his contemporaries, Davis painted realistic, detailed scenes -- mostly of Long Island and its surrounding water. The self-taught artist had a love for the sea and worked as a cabin boy and ship builder before committing himself entirely to painting.
Davis's work was honored with several showings at the National Academy of Design in Manhattan, The Brooklyn Art Association, and private galleries throughout New York City. A Painter from Port Jefferson will remain on view through March 23, 2003.
Following is wall text from the exhibition:
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