(March 19 – August 1, 2021)
Long Island Museum, Art Museum, Main Gallery
Travel delights, challenges, and educates us as we experience new places and meet new people. But the current pandemic has curbed our travel opportunities nationally and globally. While stuck at home we can find pleasure in seeing depictions of past experiences as we fantasize about future ones. The collection of the Long Island Museum has a small but compelling collection of works by artists who traveled abroad between the 1860s and 1960s. American artists since this country’s founding have been drawn to European art and landscapes, especially Italy. They visited museums and copied famous works of art, and roamed cities and the countryside to paint and sketch scenes of daily life and picturesque landscapes. Sketches in ink and watercolor quickly documented form and color, with some becoming inspiration for future works in oil.