Exhibition of the Month: Portland Museum of Art Masterworks

If you’ll be in or around Maine this spring, take note: The full breadth of the Portland Museum of Art’s (PMA) collection is on view in the exhibition “Masterworks on Paper: Highlights from the Portland Museum of Art,” through June 5.

“Masterworks on Paper” includes drawings, prints, watercolors and photographs spanning some 175 years, showcasing the myriad ways artists work on paper. Artists including Chuck Close, Edward Hopper, Yvonne Jacquette, Roy Lichtenstein, Glenn Ligon and Édouard Manet are on view.

“This exhibition is a rare and truly special opportunity to view many of the PMA’s best works in one place,” says Andre Eschelbacher, a curator at the museum. “Works on paper offer a sense of immediacy that creates an intimate relationship between audiences and the works of art. Works such as Pemaquid Light by Edward Hopper–one of the museum’s great masterpieces–present an unparalleled opportunity to experience the artist’s technique and creativity.” Many of the works are rarely on view  due to light sensitivity, making this a rare opportunity to see so many of the museum’s treasures at once.

We hope you enjoy the following small sample of art from the exhibition, and for lots more drawing news and exhibitions, be sure to subscribe to Drawing magazine. Enjoy!

Edward Hopper (United States, 1882Ð1967) "Pemaquid Light," 1929 watercolor on paper, 14 x 20 inches Portland Museum of Art, Maine Anonymous gift, 1980.166 © Portland Museum of Art, Maine

Pemaquid Light, by Edward Hopper, 1929, watercolor, 14 x 20. All artwork this exhibition collection Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine. All images © Portland Museum of Art.

Portland Museum of Art - Winslow Homer - Artist's Network

Eight Bells, by Winslow Homer, 1887, etching, 23 1/2 x 29 1/2.

Portland Museum of Art - Leo J. Dee - Artist's Network

Small Drapery Study, by Leo J. Dee, 1983, silverpoint, 9 3/4 x 8 3/4.

Portland Museum of Art - Alice Spencer - Artist's Network

Manilla Envelope, by Alice Spencer, 1979, graphite, watercolor and gold leaf, 21 7/8 x 15 7/8.

Portland Museum of Art - Le Gray - Artist's Network

The Brig (Brig in Moonlight), by Gustave Le Gray, 1856, albumen print from wet collodion negative, 12 3/8 x 15 3/4.

Portland Museum of Art - Winslow Homer 2 - Artist's Network

Young Ducks, by Winslow Homer, 1897, watercolor, 14 x 21.

Portland Museum of Art - John Storrs - Artist's Network

Study for Abstract Sculpture, by John Storrs, 1931, crayon, 14 11/16 x 11 1/2.

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