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April 10, 2005
Charles Shipman Payson offered the museum his collection of Winslow Homer Paintings in 1976. Realizing that the museum was inadequate to house them, he also donated 8 million dollars toward the building of an addition. The building designed by Henry Nichols Cobb of I.M. Pei & Partners was completed in 1983. This led to more major gifts and long-term loans, and today what you have is a small but really world-class museum.
What I particularly liked about this museum is the way they present their collection, especially the Sweat Galleries, where you will find two paintings by John Singer Sargent. My favorite, by Adelaide Chase, is a painting of Maria Frances Whitten Pomeroy as a young girl in 1914. I smiled as I looked at it--she had the pouty look of a child who had been forced to pose for a painting in a frilly dress when she would rather be just about anywhere else. Certainly a snapshot in time. Maria’s frilly white dress makes a perfect foil for the white peonies in the painting by Anna Hardy, which was placed to one side of it, and the Tiffany glass vase to the other side.
The furniture gallery is also beautifully presented, with larger pieces making the base for their collection of clocks, mirrors, candelabra, and paintings. Each setting appears as a small piece of a room.
On the second floor, prepare to be wowed by the depth of their Impressionist paintings and sculpture: Renoir, Degas, Rodin, Monet, Courbet, Cezanne, Pizarro, Gauguin Hassam, and two Mary Cassatts.
I fell in love with this museum as soon as we walked in the door. It has an open feeling that is also very welcoming. If you are a AAA members, be sure to ask for your discount when you pay for your entrance ticket. If you visit on Friday evening between 5 and 9pm, entrance is free.
If you happen to arrive at mealtime or just want a delicious snack, there is a very pretty café on the lower level. They have a nice selection of soups, sandwiches, salads, and sweets. You can enjoy your repast surround by their extraordinary glass collection.
Don’t overlook the McLellan Mansion; it is devoid of furniture, but that just makes it easier to appreciate the fantastic federal architecture. Pay special attention to the floating staircase.
From journal Portland- Where Yesterday meets Today
New York, New York
June 9, 2004
From journal A Summary of What Was Maine