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Painting Summer in New England

Trevor Fairbrother


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An insightful and beautiful look at how New England’s summers have inspired American artists for decades

With its stunning coastlines, mountains, lakes, forests, and scenic villages, New England has been an inspiration for American artists since the 19th century. This lively book considers the ways in which painters have responded to the region’s summer beauty as well as to its social and cultural preoccupations and characteristics. Works by such artists as Fitz Henry Lane, John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Maurice Prendergast, Marsden Hartley, Edward Hopper, Hans Hofmann, Andrew Wyeth, Alex Katz, and Yvonne Jacquette depict subjects as wide ranging as the bucolic delights of farms and fields to the atmospheric light of New England’s rugged coasts to the ethnic and social diversity of urban street life. 

Painting Summer in New England highlights the various styles and influences revealed in these works, including photographic realism, Impressionism, Expressionism, and abstraction.  In addition, Trevor Fairbrother discusses the tremendous array of works covered by the concept of “painting” and the remarkable richness of thematic imagery that can be seen and understood as “New England.”

This engaging book is a delightful and invaluable resource for those who live in or are admirers of New England and American art.

Yale University Press, 9780300116922, 134pp.

Publication Date: May 28, 2006

About the Author

Trevor Fairbrother, formerly deputy director and curator of modern art at the Seattle Art Museum, is an independent scholar. He is author of John Singer Sargent: The Sensualist (Yale). Dan L. Monroe is Director and CEO of the Peabody Essex Museum.