Summer, 1909

Frank Benson

Painting Summer in New England

On view April 22, 2006 to September 4, 2006

Located in the: Special Exhibition Galleries

New England is renowned for the summer delights and leisure activities afforded by its mountains, villages, and seacoast. Since the 19th century, painters have gathered in New England to capture these activities and landscapes on canvas. In Painting Summer in New England, guest curator Trevor Fairbrother assembles an astonishing array of paintings, ranging from the 1850s to the present, including works by Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, Andrew Wyeth, Stuart Davis, George Bellows, Marguerite Zorach, Edward Hopper, Lois Dodd, and Alex Katz. While some works reflect the leisure activities of the summer, others touch on the counterpoints of city living, rural existence, and the impact on natural settings and resources. Painting Summer in New England, organized by the Peabody Essex Museum, opens April 22, 2006 and runs through Sept. 4, 2006. Media partners for Painting Summer in New England are The Boston Globe and Mix 98-5. For hotel packages, suggested itineraries and events associated with this exhibition, visit escapesnorth.com.


On August 31st, for one night only, the museum will extend its hours until 9:30 p.m. for Summer After Six, a special event marking the end of the record-breaking exhibition Painting Summer in New England. Visitors will receive discounted admission to the museum, including entry to Painting Summer. Enjoy live entertainment, cash bar, and access to all of the museum galleries, the Shop and Cafe! Admission includes the entire museum except for Yin Yu Tang, the Chinese House. Don't miss this opportunity to see Painting Summer in New England for the first time or the last time before it closes on September 4th!

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