Lecture to Focus on Art of Frank Vining Smith
January 1, 2012
Author James A. Craig will discusses the maritime art of Frank Vining Smith, the subject of his latest book, at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Maine, on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 p.m.
Frank Vining Smith: Maritime Painting in the 20th Century provides a concise and thought-provoking analysis of Vining Smith’s artistic career and a definitive survey of America’s last true marine artist.
Traversing both World War I and II, the paintings of Frank Vining Smith embody a surge of American pride, patriotism and a love of American craftsmanship and naval pursuits. While painters at the turn of the century were depicting land and seascapes in the newly introduced Impressionistic style, Smith, hailing from Cape Cod, was able to augment the maritime scene by way of Impressionism in a very unique way. Spanning his entire career, his unique application of color and stroke, clarity of light and playful palette, gave what would have been a very staid and common scene of antiquity, a vibrancy that was undoubtedly modern.
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