Illuminating the Creative Process
The Museum’s collection features paintings from all periods of his work, including the early Still Life with Fruit (1871), works from the famous New York park scenes series, notably Park in Brooklyn (c. 1887); major studio paintings from the 1880s, such as The Blue Kimono (c. 1888); and of course, the paintings made during those summers in the Shinnecock Hills, including The Bayberry Bush (c. 1895).
Rustic farm buildings are included, among them a windmill, which assumes prominence because of its placement in the composition; yet its blades, viewed from an oblique angle, fail to furnish a picturesque silhouette.
A figure leans heavily on a stick as he crosses the field; his broad sun hat suggests the pending storm has arisen suddenly.
The Museum’s exhibitions and programs are made possible in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by the property taxpayers from the Southampton Union Free School District and the Tuckahoe Common School District.