The PMA is the only museum in Maine and northern New England with significant holdings of European art. The museum, therefore, offers visitors the unique opportunity to experience important examples of European art and to trace the vibrant cultural cross-fertilization that occurred between Europe and the United States, especially during the 19th and 20th centuries. Our jewel-like collection of European paintings, sculpture, and works on paper has a strong emphasis on French art from the 19th to the mid-20th century and German Expressionism. Works from noted collectors Isabelle and Scott Black, as well as Leslie Otten, significantly enhance the offerings of European art on view in the PMA galleries. There are stunning examples of Realism, Impressionism, and Post-Impressionism by artists including Gustave Courbet, Pierre Renoir, Claude Monet, Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, and Auguste Rodin. A range of Modernist styles and movements—including Fauvism, Cubism, Expressionism, and Surrealism—are represented by important works by Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Henri Matisse, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Max Pechstein, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Käthe Kollwitz, Fernand Léger, Max Ernst, René Magritte, and others. The PMA also has significant mid-19th-century photographs by the London firm Southwick and Howe and the French photographer Gustave Le Gray which, in conjunction with contemporaneous examples of  American photography, trace the aesthetic and technical development of what was at that time a new artistic medium.


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