Saturday, July 1, 2017

A TRIP TO THE FARNSWORTH MUSEUM

While in York, Maine, we took a day trip to see what the Farnsworth Museum had to offer. A Marguerite Zorach exhibit was on display with some hooked textiles. Unfortunately, photos were not allowed due to contract stipulations. They did allow photos throughout the rest of the museum. It was well worth the trip.

The Farnsworth Museum entrance in Rockland, Maine.

  "Portrait of a Woman"  by Louise Nevelson

 It was exciting to view some of Louise Nevelson's work I had not seen before. She is one of my favorites for her sculptural work. The museum had some of her paintings. They will be having a show of her works from October 6- April 1. 

Book illustration by Vera Bock

Vera Bock was well traveled by age 14 and worked as a book designer and illustrator. She also worked in relief, wood engraving, mixed media and illumination.

 "The Typist" by Milton Avery

I have always loved the simplicity and emphasis on shape and color in Avery's work.

 "Kym on White"  by Alex Katz

Katz strength is simplicity. He produced numerous portraits with one color backgrounds leaving the total focus on the figure, creating a bold effect.

 "Ophelia"  by Grace Hartigan

Hartigan was an abstract expressionist. I love the bold use of line in this work.


 "York Beach"  by Joseph B. Davol

Davol lived in Ogunquit, Maine and focused on marine painting. This work has wonderful shadows and tree shapes.

Some of Andrew Wyeth's sketchbooks were on display. I was mesmerized by the number of studies he created before deciding on the composition of a final work. A true master.

There is even an art library in the museum. Could have spent all day just looking at the books.

They also have a shop and I couldn't resist picking up the following:

 "Marguerite Zorach: An Art-Filled Life"

"Nevelson: Awareness in the Fourth Dimension"

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