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Farnsworth Art Museum

Farnsworth Art Museum

Farnsworth Art Museum

Farnsworth Art Museum

Farnsworth Art Museum

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The Farnsworth Art Museum houses a nationally-recognized collection of American art in its 20,000 square feet of gallery space. The museum highlights the works of artists with associations to Maine and who have gained national attention for their artistry.

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The Farnsworth Art Museum is nationally known for its large collection of Wyeth family paintings in the new Wyeth Center. The museum highlights works of art from American artists primarily from the late 18th to 20th century.

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Farnsworth Art Museum
16 Museum Street
Rockland, ME 04841-3347
(207) 596-6457

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Farnsworth Art Museum - Home to one of the nation’s most recognized art museums

Farnsworth Art MuseumRockland, Maine would not be complete without The Farnsworth Art Museum. As one of the most prized establishments in Rockland, The Farnsworth Art Museum has 20,000 square feet of gallery space filled to the brim with a nationally recognized collection of American art. The museum features some of the best works of American artists of the 18th and 19th century including Gilbert Stuart, Maurice Prendergast, Frank Benson, Eastman Johnson, Thomas Sully, Thomas Eakins, Childe Hassam, and Fitz Henry Lane. It also highlights the work of local Maine artists that have achieved national recognition. If you are planning a visit to Rockland and this museum, you can be rest assured that all of this art is available for viewing year round since they are permanent collections.

The Farnsworth Art Museum is also the host of the nation's second largest collection of work by famous sculptor, Louise Nevelson, and has created and opened four new galleries dedicated solely to contemporary art. In your visit to this museum, it is also important to stop by the Farnsworth Art Museum Library located on the Rockland main campus. This is an educational and beautiful spot to visit. Finally, in completing this complex, there are two historic buildings to see, the Farnsworth Homestead and the Olson House.

Farnsworth Art Museum - providing direct public access to two historic homes

Olson House in Cushing MaineThe Farnsworth Homestead was built in 1850 and was the home of the museum's benefactor Lucy Farnsworth. The Farnsworth Homestead is located directly adjacent to the entrance of the museum. As the daughter of Rockland’s most successful businessman, Lucy Farnsworth bequeathed 1.3 million dollars to be used for the museum’s creation at her death in 1935. The interior of the Farnsworth Homestead house is a direct refection of the beautiful Victorian style, while the exterior reflects the Greek Revival style. This structure has remained almost entirely intact and unaltered, with the exception of several electrical and plumbing alterations that were necessary for safety reasons. In 1973, The Farnsworth Homestead was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The Olson House located in Cushing, Maine (pictured here to the left) has been the subject of many works of art by Andrew Wyeth including his most famous painting Christina's World in 1948. The house was originally built in 1743, however several enlargements and additions were made to the home until 1871, although the museum still maintains the home’s original furnishings. The Olson House was also added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993 and is open for public viewing.

The Wyeth Center - celebrating "America's first family of art"

Wyeth CenterThe Wyeth Center is one of the most praised and anticipated highlights of the Farnsworth Art Museum. Within its walls, it exclusively features pieces of work from three generations of the Wyeth family: N.C (Newell Convers) Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, and Jamie (James Browning) Wyeth, who are collectively known as “America's first family of art.” In addition to this extensive art collection, The Wyeth Center also has a dedicated program of collecting, research, and interpretive exhibitions.

N.C Wyeth was one of America’s greatest illustrators who illustrated 112 books, including Robinson Crusoe and Treasure Island. In his lifetime, he also produced more than 3,000 realist paintings. His son, Andrew Wyeth, became a famous realist painter and soon became known as the “Painter of the People.” One of Andrew Wyeth’s most famous works is “Christina’s World” (1948), depicting his neighbor Christina Olson. Jamie Wyeth is Andrew’s second son and carries the family tradition of being a realist painter. While his father worked mostly with watercolor and tempera, Jamie prefers oil as his medium. Jamie’s posthumous portrait of John F. Kennedy is one of his most famous images.

Exhibits of James Wyeth and N.C. Wyeth are primarily held in the “church building,” a former Methodist Church that dates back to the late 19th century. Within this building, guests and art enthusiasts alike can have access to both the Linda Bean Folkers Gallery and the Marylouise Tandy Cowan Gallery.

Across the street from this church is a beautiful Victorian house that sits on Grace Street. This stunning building is home to a separate research facility almost entirely devoted to James Wyeth. Here, people can access basic information and comprehensive reference materials about these famous Maine artists that span three generations.

Whether you are looking for art, specific works from the Wyeth family, or even just a taste of beautiful architecture, the Farnsworth Art Museum fulfills the wish list for everyone travelling through Rockland. For more specific information about the Farnsworth Art Museum, please visit their website at http://farnsworthmuseum.org


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