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In the 1930s the pioneering French artist Henri Matisse began to produce book illustrations and artist books. Over the next two decades, he completed a dozen book projects, working with a variety of printing techniques to explore the relationship between image and text—both visually and thematically. This exhibition, provided by the Bank of America Art in our Communities program, presents four of Matisse’s art books, revealing the artist’s dynamic and multifaceted relationship with literature, creativity, and visual expression.
One of the questions we ask ourselves most at the Portland Museum of Art is: “Why do museums matter?”
Bill Williamson – Bank of America’s market president for Maine, PMA trustee and great read the article
Portland Museum of Art creates outstanding exhibitions and educational programs that inspire audiences. Located along Maine's renown coast, in the cultural heart of Portland, the PMA strives to enrich the lives of people through the acquisition, preservation, and interpretation of the visual arts.
The PMA boasts a collection containing more than 18,000 works of art. The collection is comprised of three distinct areas of focus: American, European, and Contemporary and Modern. Naturally, the collection offers particular depth in artwork that relates to the history of artistic practice in Maine and New England. Throughout the PMA’s collection and galleries, visitors can engage in the far-ranging story about art and culture in the United States, Europe, and the creative legacy of the region.
Purchased by the PMA in 2006, the Winslow Homer Studio is one of the most significant locations in the history of American art. Located along the rugged coast of Prout's Neck, Maine, the Studio is where great American artist Winslow Homer (1836-1910) lived and painted many of his masterpieces from 1883 until his death. Now, fully renovated and restored, the Studio is open for guided tours through the PMA.
The Museum's facilities include several architecturally significant buildings, from the modern Charles Shipman Payson building, to the recently restored and impeccable Winslow Homer Studio in Prout's Neck. The Museum's collection is displayed and presented throughout its many buildings, galleries, and gardens, in over 27,000 square feet of exhibition space.