An Eye for Maine: Paintings from a Private Collection

by Donelson Hoopes



Looking back over the 150-year procession of artists who have been moved to create this remarkable panoply, even to the casual observer it must be obvious that a causality exists in the unique environment, cultural and topographical, that Maine has always possessed. Mary Ellen Chase, one of Maine's notable authors of this century, remembering an incident from her days as a teacher, wrote, "A perceptive little girl once said to me, 'Maine is different from all other states, isn't it? I suppose that's because God never quite finished it.' " Perhaps it is for such a quality, with its intimations of being present at The Creation, that Maine has ever excited the senses of all who have passed that way. Artists of many dissimilar temperaments have made common cause in attempting to illuminate that mystery.



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