Barbara Cooney: Drawing Biography

Museum of Art Museum of Art

Exhibition: Barbara Cooney: Drawing Biography

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Zuckert Seminar Room
Focused on the lives of three women rendered in detailed paintings by Barbara Cooney, this exhibition explores how Cooney crafted rich biographies in text and image.

Works

"Miss Rumphius and the Lupine in Maine for 'Miss Rumphius,'" 1982, acrylic on gesso-coated percale by Barbara Cooney. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Bequest of Barbara Cooney. © Barbara Cooney Porter 1982. Used with Permission of the Barbara Cooney Porter Royalty Trust.
Island of Ambon in the Moluccas, Indonesia for for 'Miss Rumphius,'" 1982, acrylic on gesso-coated percale by Barbara Cooney. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Bequest of Barbara Cooney. © Barbara Cooney Porter 1982. Used with Permission of the Barbara Cooney Porter Royalty Trust.
"Collision at Sea between the S.S. Britannic and the S.S. Celtic for 'Eleanor,'" 1996, acrylic on silk, by Barbara Cooney. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Bequest of Barbara Cooney. © Barbara Cooney Porter 1982. Used with Permission of the Barbara Cooney Porter Royalty Trust.
"Newsboys' Thanksgiving Dinner for 'Eleanor,'" 1996, acrylic on silk by Barbara Cooney. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Bequest of Barbara Cooney. © Barbara Cooney Porter 1982. Used with Permission of the Barbara Cooney Porter Royalty Trust.

About

Barbara Cooney is a beloved author and artist of more than 100 children’s books. The Bowdoin College Museum of Art holds a major collection of her paintings and drawings. This exhibition brings together works related to three of her books: Miss Rumphius, Hattie and the Wild Waves, and Eleanor. It also celebrates the recent gift of original preparatory sketches and manuscripts for Eleanor. Focused on the lives of three women rendered in detailed paintings, this exhibition explores how Cooney crafted rich biographies in text and image.