Painting Summer in New England: Fact Sheet

Released January 23, 2006

On View: April 22, 2006 to Sept. 4, 2006

Location: Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970

About the Exhibition:

New England is famous for the summer delights provided by mountains, lakes, forests, scenic villages, and the seacoast. This breadth of subject matter has been a draw for American artists since the 19th century. Painting Summer in New England explores the lively, lyrical, and insightful ways in which painters have responded to the region at its most green and lush time of year.

The exhibition will feature more than 100 paintings by approximately 80 major artists and ranging in date from the 1850’s to the present. Nineteenth-century artists such as Fitz Henry Lane and Winslow Homer celebrated the atmospheric light of New England’s rugged coast, while their peers George Inness and Dennis Miller Bunker depicted the bucolic delights of farms and fields. The influence of Impressionism is evident in turn-of-the-century works by Childe Hassam, John Singer Sargent, Willard Metcalf, Lilian Westcott Hale, and Edmund Tarbell. Subsequent generations of artists have explored a diversity of styles, from quasi-photographic realism to semi-abstract arrangements of form and color. They include Maurice Prendergast, George Bellows, Marsden Hartley, Marguerite Zorach, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Stuart Davis, Edward Hopper, Andrew Wyeth, John Marin, Hans Hofmann, Alex Katz and Yvonne Jacquette.

In addition to their aesthetic appeal, the paintings in this exhibition reveal the social and cultural preoccupations of the period in which they were made. While many painters created idealized images to appeal to an affluent, leisured class, some, including Allan Rohan Crite, Jack Levine, and Beatrice Cuming interpreted city living, rural existence, and the intrusions into natural settings and resources.

Lent primarily by museums across America, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), The Corcoran Gallery of Art (DC), and the Whitney Museum of America Art (NY), Painting Summer in New England provides the opportunity to explore the remarkable artistic richness that New England has inspired.

CURATOR: Trevor Fairbrother, guest curator, Peabody Essex Museum.

PUBLICATION: Illustrated catalogue covering a number of themes that capture the range of experience and imagery that can be seen and understood as “New England”, including Sea and Shore; Quiet Retreats; The Farm; Streets and Gathering Places, and New England Nudes, among others.

MEDIA PREVIEW: A media preview for Painting Summer in New England will be held on Tuesday, April 18, 2006. Please RSVP to or call 978-745-9500 x3228.

IMAGES: High resolution digital images are available.

TICKETS: Same-day tickets for Painting Summer in New England may be purchased at the admissions desk. Advanced tickets may be purchased, with a small surcharge, by calling Ticket Web at 866-468-7619 or going to

· Adults: $17
· Seniors: $15
· Students: $13
· Youth 16 and under: Free
· PEM memebers: Free
· Salem residents: Free


PR Contacts:

April Swieconek  -  Director of Public Relations  -  978-745-9500 X3109  -

Whitney Van Dyke  -  Director of Communications  -  978-542-1828  -

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