6.16/ EHHS: ‘Caught on Canvas: Views of … Long Island Landscapes’, 6.23 / 7.23

Caught on Canvas:

Views of Eastern Long Island Landscapes

from the Wallace Collection, 1850-1935

Clinton Academy, 151 Main Street, East Hampton Village

Friday, June 23 – Sunday, July 23, 2017 on Saturdays (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Sundays (12- 5 p.m.)

               Opening Reception – Friday, June 23, 5 – 7 p.m.

               Curator’s Exhibition Tour – Saturday, July 8, 10 a.m.

                Free; Donations Appreciated

Since just after the Civil War, painters have made the eastern end of Long Island a destination for practicing their art.  It was the South Shore’s beauty that particularly captivated this second generation of Hudson Valley School painters.  Dozens of artists came by carriage, steamship, and train to explore our sunlit dunes, broad pastures, antique village lanes, and pounding surf. The artists were born all over the country, but after training in Europe they settled around New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia and often spent part of their summers here. Their canvases spread the beauty of our land and seascapes across the continent. 

Painters such as Edward Lamson Henry, Edward Moran, Hamilton Hamilton, Granville Smith, Robert Swain Gifford, and over a hundred other artists set up their easels at Indian Wells Beach and along the grassy edge of Town pond.  The subject opportunities were unending: barns, windmills, wetlands, lanes, catboats, cows, and portraits of local characters.

“Caught on Canvas” puts on exhibition for the first time a private collection that focuses on these artists and their oils.  Together this selection of 50 paintings explores the wide range of styles that late 19th and early 20th century American artists used to record one of the most beautiful and inviting areas along the east coast. 

Fellow artists, historians, locals, and visitors will be awed by the visions that have so brilliantly been captured by painters from our past.

This exhibition is made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Robert David Lyon Gardiner Foundation which allowed for the purchase of a larger collection of art from which this exhibition has been drawn. This exhibition is a preview of this larger collection, which will not be displayed again fully until 2018.



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