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Best Place To Launch Yourself Into A Maine-Landscape Reverie

Farnsworth Museum

TURKEY POND Andrew Wyeth, 1944, Tempera on panel, at the Farnsworth Art Museum.
CREDIT Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Wyeth in memory of Walter Anderson.

Maine's landscape possesses a certain gravitas. In the clean, straight lines of its old churches, in the drama of its rocks and crashing waves, and the lighthouses that stand sentinel over both, in its tall, dark pines, in its shifting skies and cruel winds. It's serious, dramatic, austere. And beautiful, too. Compare Maine's coast with California — or even shores along New England further south: elsewhere, beaches welcome you like a lumbering drooling golden retriever. In Maine, the shores are so much more forbidding, but that doesn't make them worse.

And who expresses Maine's austerity and power better than the late artist Andrew Wyeth. The Farnsworth Museum, up in Rockland, is a modest museum housing a large collection of the Wyeth family's works. Specializing in art related to Maine, current and past, the Farnsworth has a strong permanent collection and features a strong schedule of rotating exhibits highlighting Maine artists and art that celebrates Maine.

Farnsworth Museum | 16 Museum St, Rockland | 207.596.6457 |

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