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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Monhegan Island Collection (1858–1960)

53 Paintings by Various Artists
Exhibition and Sale runs through the end of April 2011
Courtesy, Gavin Spanierman, Ltd., New York, NY

Monhegan Island is located approximately twelve miles off the coast of Maine and measures about one mile square. Home to striking coves and rocky cliffs that rise forth from the sea, Monhegan Island has been a destination for artists since the mid-nineteenth century. Aaron Draper Shattuck, a second generation Hudson River School painter, visited the Island in 1858 and was one of the first to speak of it as a sublime and inspiring object. However, it wasn’t until the 1880s that artists began to venture to the Island for extended periods of time, painting the innumerable views of land and sea. Such luminaries as Winslow Homer, N.C., Andrew, and Jamie Wyeth, George Bellows, and Edward Hopper have all endured the taxing trip to Monhegan Island to capture its raw and wild beauty. Private art dealer, Gavin Spanierman, recently came across a collection of fifty-three Monhegan Island paintings that have been painstakingly amassed over the last twenty-five years by a private collector.

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