Meymandi Exhibition Gallery Marks of Genius
features some of the most important drawings from the superlative collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
The selection of drawings, watercolors, gouaches, and pastels dating from the Middle Ages to the present includes stellar examples by such masters as Guercino, Annibale Carracci, George Romney, François Boucher, Thomas Gainsborough, Edgar Degas, Käthe Kollwitz, Egon Schiele, Emil Nolde, Amedeo Modigliani, Henri Matisse, Alfredo Ramos Martínez, Roy Lichtenstein, and Ed Ruscha. This eye-opening exhibition illuminates the historical and ongoing role of drawing as a means of study, observation, and problem solving, as an outpouring of the artist's imagination, and as a method of realizing a finished work of art.
Childe Hassam is justly celebrated as the foremost American impressionist painter. Among his greatest achievements are the hundreds of paintings he created over nearly 30 summers on the Isles of Shoals, a cluster of rocky islands 10 miles off the coast of Maine and New Hampshire.
This exhibition, jointly organized with the Peabody Essex Museum of Salem, Massachusetts, will feature approximately 35 of Hassam's finest Shoals paintings in oil and watercolor, borrowed from major public and private collections. Taken together, these paintings offer a sustained reverie on nature and the pleasure of painting. They possess a rapturous sense of place: the blue Atlantic breaking against rocks and swirling in tidal pools, dense thickets of laurel wedged in granite crags, a splendid island garden with its gem-like blossoms, and the whole island world suffused with a silvered northern light.