Call of the Coast at the Portland Museum of Art is a glimpse into the lives of New England artists when they lived in one of the four art colonies. As you look around, you lose yourself in mesmerizing paintings. There are a variety of subjects in the paintings from fishermen and boats to houses and seascapes.
While I was walking through the gallery, I noticed one picture that seemed oddly different from the rest. It is called Monhegan Island by Louis Lozowick. This picture shows a mountainside descending into the water where a boat floats away from the shore. It is a very detailed picture, but at the same time, it is very simple and soothing. It has no color, just different shades of black and white. It reminds me of an oriental-style ink painting the way it has wave-like rhythm. The tree in the left-hand corner and the waves behind the boat flow smoothly, in contrast to the rough rocks. I enjoy this type of art, because I like the simplicity of black and white. When a picture is in black and white, it is easier to focus less on the colors and more on the subject of the picture.
My internship at the Museum has given me a lot of work to do. I have worked in the ARTREK program helping with the little kids for a week. It was a very new, but good experience for me, and I feel like I learned a lot in the short amount of time I spent there. I have also learned a lot about the Museum just from spending so much time here, and I have started to become familiar with a lot of the paintings and exhibits.
Image credit: Louis Lozowick, (United States (born Russia), 1892–1973), Monhegan Island, 1946, lithograph, 13 5/16 x 8 13/16 inches, Portland Museum of Art, Maine. Museum purchase, 2009.5.1.