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Picture Perfect: Images of Northwest Connecticut
June 1 - September 18, 2003
Picture Perfect: Images of Northwest Connecticut is a major exhibition of paintings of northwest Connecticut, created by leading American artists between 1790 and 1940, borrowed from major art museums and private collections from around the country. Picture Perfect explores the beauty of the Litchfield Hills as seen by he artists of the past. Artists include Ralph Earl, Jasper Cropsey, Homer Dodge Martin, David Johnson, William Trost Richards, Emil Carlsen, Ernest Lawson, and others. Subjects include scenes from Washington, Litchfield, Sharon, Salisbury, Kent and New Milford. The exhibition will travel to the Newington Cropsey Foundation, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, October 5 - November 14, 2003. (right: Dines Carlsen, Bronze and Silver, n.d., Private collection)
At the Mattatuck Museum, the exhibit includes 35 Hudson River School, Impressionist, and Modern paintings, all of which were painted in towns throughout the Litchfield Hills. Visitors will see historic photographs and maps that tell the story of the 250-plus artists who worked in the Litchfield Hills before 1940, explore a database revealing hundreds of Litchfield County artworks, many of which have not been seen by the public in nearly a century, and pick up a free self-guided tour and a "Picture Perfect Passport" which will lead guests to seven other Picture Perfect exhibits, each spotlighting individual artists of Litchfield County. The self-guided tour will also lead visitors to the actual locations painted by the artists, and to artworks on public view in towns throughout northwest Connecticut. (right: Ralph Earl, Landscape View of the Canfield House, 1796, Collection of the Litchfield Historical Society, Litchfield, CT)
Other paintings from the exhibit:
Edward Gay, Twin Lakes with Cattle, 1868. (Private Collection)
William Hamilton Gibson, Mid Summer, Washington, CT, 1890. (Collection of the Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT)
Robert Nisbet, Kent Landscape, n.d. (Private Collection)
Other exhibits include:
For additional information about Picture Perfect, visit www.LitchfieldHillsArtTrail.org or call the Mattatuck Museum.
Support for this project has been received from the Connecticut Humanities Co
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