New exhibit at The Farnsworth

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romance“Achieving American Art: American Art Between the Wars” opens at The Farnsworth Art Museum, in Rockland, on Sat., April 11.

The exhibit, drawn from the Farnworth’s collection, comprises about 75 paintings and prints and emphasizes pieces created by artists working in Maine between the late 1890s and mid 1940s. That period coincides with when nationally prominent artists were discovering Maine’s coast and island.

Artists represented include: Robert Henri, Rockwell Kent, George Bellows, Childe Hassam, Frank Benson, Edward Hopper, Grant Wood, Kerr Eby, Marsden Hartley, and Marguerite Zorach.

The exhibit will run in the Rothschild and Nevelson-Berliawsky Galleries through Jan. 24, 2010.

Complementing the exhibition is the Farnsworth’s Achieving American Art: From Future to Future lecture series, presented in Rockland’s Strand Theatre on Wednesdays, at 10 a.m. and again at 5:30 p.m., through June 17. Lectures focus on artistic developments between the 1883 Chicago Columbian Exposition through World War II.

Image: George Bellows Romance of Autumn, 1916 Oil on canvas, 32 x 40 1/8” Farnsworth Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Shipman Payson