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Monhegan Museum and Jame Fitzgerald Legacy

January 5, 2013

Monhegan Island

Trout Stream, Spring by James Fitzgerald watercolor, 19.5 x  24.5 in.  All reproduction rights reserved.

Trout Stream, Spring by James Fitzgerald watercolor, 19.5 x 24.5 in. All reproduction rights reserved.

The Monhegan Museum and the James Fitzgerald Legacy are pleased to announce the launch of a new website, www.jamesfitzgerald.org where information and images of American artist James E. Fitzgerald (1899-1971) can be found.

Fitzgerald grew up in Boston, received his training at the Massachusetts School of Art (1919-1923) and the Boston Museum School (1923-24). He lived and painted in the Boston area for a number of years and first visited Monhegan Island, off the coast of Maine, in 1925. In 1928 he sailed to California and settled in Monterey where he built a studio-home.

Every few years, Fitzgerald would travel east, painting along the way and on Monhegan Island where he moved permanently in 1943. Eventually he purchased a house and a studio, both built by Rockwell Kent earlier in the century.  In 2004 these buildings became part of the Fitzgerald and Kent Legacy and now belong to the Monhegan Museum and are on the National Registry of Historic Places.

Fitzgerald exhibited extensively in California during the 1930s, in New York at several galleries, and at Vose Gallery in Boston in the 1940s, after which he gradually withdrew from the commercial art world. Today his work is in the permanent collections of many museums, including the Portland Museum of Art (Maine), Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Fine Art Museums of San Francisco, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, and the Phillips Collection, Washington, DC. The James Fitzgerald Legacy continues to promote, preserve, and disseminate information about his work through scholarship, exhibitions, and now—this website. Please visit us at www.jamesfitzgerald.org or, for more information, call 207-615-8233.

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