Cape Ann and Monhegan Island Vistas: Contrasted New England Art Colonies

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by James F. O'Gorman (with contributions by Martha Oaks, Jennifer Pye, and Oliver Barker) 

Monhegan and Cape Ann trace the roots of their respective art colonies back to the mid-19th century. Summer enclaves which sprung up during that time gave artists the chance to socialize with one another and to work together, sharing ideas, trying out new techniques and critiquing each other’s work. Monhegan is much smaller than Cape Ann and more isolated, however, both places offered their own vistas and many artists moved between the two colonies. During the early 20th century, both communities saw a surge of artists, professionals and amateurs, visit their shores. This catalogue accompanies the Cape Ann Museum exhibition of the same name held from October 2021 to February 2022 in collaboration with the Monhegan Museum of Art & History in Monhegan, Maine. This catalogue provides insight into as well as compares and contrasts the works and artists of these two influential art colonies.  

pages 54, images 48