Maine Art Maine has long been a source of inspiration for artists. Its mountains and seacoast were a favorite subject of the first great generation of American landscape painters in the 1800s. As the 19th century turned into the 20th, Maine became a haven for artists who sought an escape from crowded cities and conservative art academies. Maine continues today to be a magnet for artists, providing an environment that is both aesthetically stimulating and spiritually nurturing, from Mount Katahdin to Monhegan Island, whether realism or abstraction is being explored. Some of the artists on view in this gallery include Andrew and N. C. Wyeth, George Bellows, Rockwell Kent, Robert Henri, and Marguerite and William Zorach.