Museums at Stony Brook

Stony Brook, NY



Long Island Paintings from a Private Collection


The exhibition, Long Island Paintings from a Private Collection, will be on display at The Museums at Stony Brook from June 20, 1998 through August 30, 1998. The exhibition contains rarely seen nineteenth century paintings from a private collection depicting figurative subjects and landscapes from Long Island's North Fork. Artists include Irving Wiles, Whitney Hubbard, Benjamin Fitz and others from the Peconic Art Colony.

The North Fork in the late nineteenth century was a thriving summer art colony for artists from New York City and Connecticut. Many paintings in the exhibition represent the flourishing fishing industry and agrarian landscape of the North Fork. Among the works included are Benjamin R. Fitz's The Reflection, a work described by Charles Caffin, contemporary art critic, as "the loveliest nude yet painted in America," and Irving R. Wiles' The Wharf, Greenport. Additionally, Edward A. Bell's Lady Playing the Harp is encased in a frame designed by Stanford White (1853-1906).

In addition to the Long Island Paintings exhibition and through September 7, 1998, the Art Museum houses the exhibition, Joseph Reboli Retrospective, a collection of over fifty works gathered from across the nation, spanning Reboli's thirty-year career.

From top to bottom: Irving R. Wiles, The Wharf, Greenport, c. 1890s, oil on wood panel, 10 x 14 inches; Edward A. Bell, Lady Playing the Harp, c. 1890s, oil, 18 x 24 inches; Irving R. Wiles, Beachcombers, c. 1890s, oil on wood panel, 7 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches; Whitney Hubbard, Landscape with Road, oil, 8 x 10 inches.

For further biographical information on selected artists cited above please see America's Distinguished Artists, a national registry of historic artists.

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