Wednesday, October 27 at 11:00 am
(Virtual | This lecture will be available for viewing through our 2021-2022 lecture season. Click here to view the lecture.)
Daniel Finamore, Associate Director-Exhibitions, The Russell W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art and History Peabody Essex Museum (Mabel Brown Lecture) presents “In American Waters: The Sea in American Painting” which was recently at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.
The sea shapes America, and its painters. For over 200 years, artists have been inspired to capture its beauty, violence, poetry and transformative power in American life. This talk explores the pervasive but underappreciated role the sea has played in American painting – historically, symbolically, and as a symbol of American ambition, opportunity, and invention. Featuring works by known marine specialists like Fitz Henry Lane and James Buttersworth, Finamore also casts his net beyond the tradition of nineteenth-century realism to show how artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Amy Sherald, Paul Cadmus, and Jacob Lawrence use the sea as a source of inspiration and as a symbol of how they see America.