“Autumn Arrivals: Recent Acquisitions of American and European Paintings” will open at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery on Saturday, October 3. The exhibition will span the period from the mid-nineteenth century through the present day.
Among the many nineteenth century works on display is a radiant and luminous painting by William Trost Richards (American, 1833-1905) titled “Morning Seas, Wolf’s Crag.” Richards was associated with the American Pre-Raphaelite movement and the group’s keen interest in faithfully rendering nature, as opposed to some of the more romanticized paintings of other Hudson River School artists. In “Morning Seas,” the viewer observes the meticulously painted surf with sparkling light and crisp attention to detail.
Richards’ work is represented in every major museum in the United States including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago and in the National Gallery. Complimenting the Richards painting is a delicate, subtle watercolor of a boy and his dog at the beach by Sears Gallagher (American, 1869-1955) titled “Day Dreaming,” and a colorful barnyard scene with roosters and hens by Walter Douglas (American, 1868-1948).
Modernist works highlighted in the exhibition include a reclining nude by Philadelphia artist Earl Horter (American, 1881-1940), a cubist watercolor of a schooner by Monhegan Island artist Theodore Davis (American, 1908-1995) and a pair of beach scenes by New York artist Felicie Waldo Howell (American, 1897-1968).
Views of the streets of Paris and Northern France by Pauline Grandjean (American/French, fl. 1920’s), Mario Maresca (Italian, 1877-1959), and William Edward Norton (American, 1843-1916) will also be featured in the diverse show.
New oils, acrylics, watercolors and pastels by New England artists J.Thomas R. Higgins, Carlton Plummer, Keith Oehmig, Michael Graves, Roberta Goshke, Diana Johnson, Guy Corriero and Tom Curry will be on exhibition in the contemporary galleries
“Autumn Arrivals” will be on display at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery through November 30. For more information call (207) 882-7682 or visit the gallery’s website at www.wiscassetbaygallery.com. The Wiscasset Bay Gallery is open daily 10:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and is located at 67 Main Street (Route One) in historic Wiscasset village.