At First Light: Two Centuries of Maine Artists, Their Homes and Studios

The locales and landscapes of twenty-six artists who have lived, worked, and painted in the breathtaking state of Maine.

In the spirit of popular Rizzoli titles, including California Light and Hudson River School, At First Light chronicles a group of twenty-six artists from the last 200 years who lived and worked in Maine. The state's extraordinary landscape--from its rugged coastline, quaint harbors, majestic mountains, and verdant forests--continues to have a powerful effect on the artists who are drawn to its exceptional beauty.

A love letter to the popular New England state, the book--written by some of the foremost experts in the field--focuses each chapter on a different artist, featuring some of the best examples of their work and newly commissioned photography of their home and studio. From picturesque bungalows to grander structures with beautiful vistas, the houses and studios featured are as diverse as the artists that inhabit them. The artists featured include fan favorites from the eighteenth century to the present day, such as Winslow Homer, Frank Benson, Marguerite and William Zorach, Rockwell Kent, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Eliot Porter, Robert Indiana, Alex Katz, and Richard Estes, as well as N.C., Andrew, and Jamie Wyeth.

About The Author

Anne Collins Goodyear is codirector of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Frank H. Goodyear is codirector of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Michael K. Komanecky is chief curator at the Farnsworth Art Museum, in Rockland, Maine. Stuart Kestenbaum is the Poet Laureate of Maine. Walter Smalling is a photographer based in Washington, D.C.

  • Publish Date: March 10, 2020
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Art - American - General
  • Publisher: Rizzoli Electa
  • Trim Size: 9-1/2 x 11
  • Pages: 240
  • US Price: $55.00
  • CDN Price: $75.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-6789-9

Author Bookshelf: Michael K. Komanecky

Author Bookshelf: Walter Smalling