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Where hath fleeting beauty led? Selections of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Art
October 28, 2011 - February 5, 2011
Center Gallery
"The Fountains at Night, World's Columbian Exposition," 1893, oil on canvas, by Winslow Homer, American, 1836-1910. Bequest of Mrs. Charles Savage Homer, Jr.

Staged in two intimate galleries on the lower level of the Museum, the exhibition pairs three paintings from private collections with highlights of the Museum’s holdings.  On loan are works by the canonical American masters John Singer Sargent, Marsden Hartley, and Fairfield Porter.  They resonate in this installation with paintings by Winslow Homer, John Sloan, Alex Katz, and others. In a conversation that engages artists across generations, the selected works articulate shared concerns and sensibilities. The motto for the installation derives from Robert Louis Stevenson’s Underwood (1887) and is quoted from the inscription in Augustus Saint Gaudens’ portrait of the writer. Where hath fleeting beauty led? Come and visit the exhibition to find the answer!

"Sun, Manana, Monhegan," 1907, oil on canvas, by Rockwell Kent, American, 1882-1971. Museum Purchase with Funds Donated Anonymously.
"After the Storm, Vinalhaven," 1938-1939, oil on canvas, Marsden Hartley, American. Gift of Mrs. Charles Phillip Kuntz.