Painting Summer in New England

April 22 - September 4, 2006



Wall texts for the exhibition:


Early New England architecture has long been valued for its sense of order and simplicity. Utility and plainness united to produce graceful and serenely unostentatious forms. One archetype is the vernacular wooden building with neat lines and a coat of white or red paint. Another is the stark, dramatically poised lighthouse.

In 1905, artist Rockwell Kent used architecture to evoke the rugged appeal of Monhegan Island, Maine: "The village consisted of [no more than] thirty houses, of which far the greater number were lived in by the year-round residents whose occupation was fishing, and, in particular, lobster fishing. Being an old settlement, . . . many of the houses, though not of great antiquity, had inherited the character and fine proportions of New England architecture at its best -- although in keeping with the island's wind-swept situation, they were simple and unadorned to the point of austerity."


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