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Brandywine River Museum opens Jamie Wyeth, Rockwell Kent and Monhegan exhibition

Brandywine River Museum presents Jamie Wyeth, Rockwell Kent and Monhegan an exhibition on view June 15 through November 17.

Rockwell Kent (1882-1971), Wreck of the D.T. Sheridan, c. 1949, oil on canvas. Portland Museum of Art, Maine.
Rockwell Kent (1882-1971), Wreck of the D.T. Sheridan, c. 1949, oil on canvas. Portland Museum of Art, Maine.

A small island off the coast of Maine, Monhegan has long lured artists to its remote shores, promising dramatic ocean vistas, rugged landscapes, and inspiring scenes of men struggling against the forces of nature. This exhibition examines the fascination that the island of Monhegan and its residents held for both Rockwell Kent (1882-1971) and Jamie Wyeth (b. 1946). Although the two artists never met, their paintings, when viewed together, depict a century’s worth of Monhegan life and landmarks from vantage points most other artists never beheld. The exhibition will include examples of some of Wyeth’s most recent paintings and a number of works from his personal collection of Kent’s coastal views of the Monhegan headlands. Wyeth’s paintings, on the other hand, are often created with his “back to the sea,” as he describes it, focusing on the people who inhabit the island. The Brandywine River Museum is expanding upon the original exhibition, including more than a dozen additional works and the debut of a new painting by Wyeth.

The exhibition is organized by the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine. Funding for the exhibition has been provided by The Crosby Kemper Foundation, Mr. Richard Gilder and Ms. Lois Chiles, Mr. and Mrs Joseph Pyne, John and Anne Surovek, Mr. and Mrs. George Twigg III, and donors who wish to remain anonymous. At the Brandywine River Museum the exhibition is supported by The Davenport Family Foundation Fund for Exhibitions.

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