Ernest Hemingway was one ubiquitous man – seems like every nook and cranny in Europe was visited by this American writer. I recall well an obscure cafe in Mont Saint Michel which proudly hung a photo of Hemingway at the cafe’s bar – where else?
Well, I am trying to draw a parallel with Maine. This state seems to beckon every reknowned American artist with its pristine shoreline, amazing sunlight effects and undisturbed natural beauty. Edward Hopper, of Nighthawks fame, was no exception. Bowdoin College, recently in the national news as the most expensive college in the country, is also more happily in the news for its Edward Hopper exhibit, currently on display at its Museum of Art. Bowdoin is located in the lovely town of Brunswick.
A few days ago, Santiago and I visited this excellent exhibit which features 88 Hopper paintings created in Maine – many of them a series of oil sketches made on Monhegan Island 1916-1919. None of the works are owned by the museum; they are owned by 30 different lenders, some private lenders which means that these works are not seen often. Highly recommended is the brief film on Hopper which shows every half hour. Both the film and the exhibit are free.
Don’t miss this special exhibit which concludes 16 October 2011 — you can get in some leaf peeping at the same time.